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Okay, so in an earlier post, I think I sounded a little too shrill about the irony of “White” in “Whitesboro,” especially when the town seal looks like this:

Gear of Zanzibar left a comment which reads:

The Whitesboro seal isn’t quite what it appears at first glance. Hugh White, the founder of Whitesboro and the mullet clad gentleman on the left of the seal, cemented his relationship with the natives of the area during a wrestling match. He was pretty sure he was going to lose, since his opponent had just beaten a string of challengers and Hugh hadn’t wrestled in years, but he got a lucky break, executed a throw, and then held on for dear life and pinned him. And so the peaceful co-existence of settler and native began…

There’s still a sub-text to be inferred if you’re so inclined, but the seal’s flaws are more a matter of poor artistic execution than racism. Then again, my mind boggles at the potential misunderstandings of *any* depiction of two men wrestling.

On his own blog, Gear also points to an instructive page pertaining to Whitesboro, its geography, and it’s history. So, I stand corrected, and Gear’s right about depictions of wrestling. Still, I’m not one to tell a town what they should do with the seal, but they might want to think of a new design. If not, then at least something where the edges are not peeling and curling. Just a thought.


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