Here Are Your Non-Racist Suggestions for a New Seal for Whitesboro, New York
And on Monday, Indian Country Network reported that a Whitesboro-based stand-up comic, AJ Foster, along with fellow comic Larry O'Grady, re-enacted the scene on the infamous seal, albeit with the roles sort of reversed, as you can see above.
Here are some of the more memorable submissions we received — and if you're still polishing up your own version, feel free to send it to email@example.com and we'll add it here.
Here's a very sensible one from a reader named Mike:
"Here is my take on a redesign, admittedly it's basic…but you know what? I think they’ve been having a little too much fun with their racist — oh wow, did I say racist? — I mean ‘friendly’ seal. Tried to keep it simple, based on the town hall. More than adequate. Let’s get that thing taken down!" — a reader named Mike.
Here's one that keeps wrestling front and center, albeit of a different sort than the "friendly wrestling match" on the current seal:
This luchador mock-up came without comment.
This one now features an act of physical love:
"Having grown up in Whitesboro this logo has been discussed a few times before, usually after the phrase 'Oh my God, have you ever freaking seen...' This was my much friendlier version I came up with a few years ago in response to one of those conversations on Facebook." — a reader named Craig
Perhaps easiest for the town's graphic designers, maybe they will consider simply rotating the illustration a few degrees to the left so the image is of a friendlier scene. It's like they're dancing!
"My solution is simple. Rotate the picture, and add more grass. The two figures are no longer wrestling, but greeting each other in a warm embrace. The guy on the right actually seems to be smiling! Peace, love, brotherhood!" — a reader named Mark
Finally, a pair of seals that feature the male physique. First, someone has taken the extra step of adding "tighty" instead of "village of" on the seal (and tweaking the name of the town) and swapping in a man in said tighty-whiteys (although they seem like more of a sky-blue color).
The same reader also sent in this one, called "Tom of Whitesboro":
Think you can do better? Email us your proposed non-racist designs for the village of Whitesboro, New York: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Village Voice's biggest stories.