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A few hours from now, residents of Whitesboro, in Oneida County, New York, will go on vote to decide whether or not they want to keep their official seal. The seal, which dates back to the 19th century, depicts Hugh White, the founder of Whitesboro engaging in a friendly wrestling match with a member of the local Oneida tribe. But the way the image is framed, with White’s hands close to his opponent’s neck and the Native American being forced toward the ground in apparent submission, it appears as if the white man is choking him.

The seal is displayed on all official documents, trucks and equipment, and has been debated since the 1960s. It was thrown, once again, into the national spotlight in the summer of 2015. This time the storm it rose on the internet and social media forced Whitesboro’s Mayor to put an end to it once and for all.

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