The Daily Showis
usually the first to a story when it comes to crazy. But there was one story
last week we didn’t report, and that’s because
we sort of partially… kind of caused it? Jessica Williams has more. WILLIAMS:
We live in terrifying times.But there’s one danger
that’s threateningto devastate the lives
of everyday Americans.Political correctness
will destroy us.Bizarro Obama is right–America is under attack!Take this small town,
for example.They have an official sealthat’s represented their
village for over 100 years.Now American Indian activist
Ben Millerwants it taken down
just because it…(like a baby):
huwts his feewings.MILLER:
Look at the seal.It makes us feel
really uncomfortable, when all we want to do
is progress and move forward. Haven’t you guys done enough? I mean, you already made
the Redskins change their logo. No, we haven’t made the Redskins
change their logo. They ain’t even thinking
about it. -So youdidn’tmake them
change their logo? -No. Y’all need
to get to work on that, -because that is so (bleep) up.
-We’re working on it.I mean, come on,
there’s no way this sealcould be more offensive
than this.Let’s just see it. ♪ ♪ WILLIAMS:
Is that pioneer choking that
Native American dude to death, or do I have something crazy
in my eye? This is the official seal
of Whitesboro, New York. Hold up.
This town is called Whitesboro?That’s right, Whitesboro.I guess if you’re going
to have a racist seal,why not have it here
in the Deep South…of Upstate New York?Whitesboro’s white mayor,
Whitey Whiterson.I mean, Patrick O’Connor.The seal is
absolutely not racist. Oh, okay.
Well, thank God, because it looks
like that white man was totally choking this
American Indian man to death. The seal depicts
our founder, Hugh White… Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. -The guy in the seal’s name
is Hugh White? -Yes. Hugh White was invited to engage
in a friendly wrestling match. -And that’s when he choked him?
-Um, no. He did not choke him. -He attacked him?
-So, the goal of the match was to push your opponent
off balance. And then murder him? The seal is based
on historical events that fostered
a good relationship between our founder
and the American Indians.Yeah. I’m super positivethat’s what Native Americans
would say.Yeah, history shows
that they were allies during the Revolutionary War. I’m sorry, wait.
Hold the (bleep) up. -They were actually friends?
-Yes, they were friends.Oh, so it’s just the picturethat’s completely
(bleep)horrible.To find out how
they arrived at this seal,I met with village clerk,
In 1977,the seal was changed
to move the hands away from the neck area
down to the shoulders. So there’s an evenmore
offensive version of this seal?Yeah, this one’s
definitely chokier.Look, Dana,
I’m gonna be real with you. I actually kind of like
the older seal better because, look, this one
looks like a sensual embrace between two powerful men, whereas this one definitely
looks like attempted murder.Okay, so they’ve
already changed the imageof the wrestling
a bunch of times.Why not make a brand-new one?In 1999, the village board
wanted to have a vote to potentially change it, but no alternative submissions
for another seal -were presented at the time.
-The only reason why you didn’t have the vote
is because you didn’t have -any ideas?
-Correct. I got, like, a million ideas
all the time!So the village board decided to
have a vote to change the seal.I decided to submit some
historically accurate sealsthat these white people
might legitimately like.And I also threw in some more,
like pro wrestlingand these two dudes choking
a British guy to death.Then– funny story–
the mayor sends out a postcardannouncing the vote,
which got the attentionof some people
outside Whitesboro,and kind of stirred up
an international news story.Some say
it’s racist and offensive. NEWSWOMAN:…a white man
choking a Native American.…called racist and offensive. WILLIAMS:Woops. With the eyes
of the world watching,change seemed inevitable.
I’m happy with it. Doesn’t look like
he strangled him. -It’s the history.
-This is history. There’s no need
to change history. WILLIAMS:Things were off
to a rough start.But try as they might,
they couldn’t choke outthe voice of dissent.So, how do you feel
about the current seal? -I don’t like it.
-Why not? It does look like
the Indian’s being choked. Thank the Lord that you’re here!Then I realized– these weren’t
awful, bigoted people.Some of them just honestly had
no idea that the current sealandmaybesome of their wordswere alittleoffensive.White versus red, white
versus red, white versus red, white versus red… You just referenced the word
“red” a lot of times just now. -Yeah.
-I mean, like,literally no idea
what’s offensive.I’ve worked
with Native Americans. -Okay.
-So… I know there’s issues. -Uh-huh.
-Big issues. -Humongous.
-Just… just like… -Monumental issues.
-just like withyourrace. -My race?
-Yeah. -What race is that?
-African-American, black, Negro,
whichever one you want to use. You say Negro? Well, at one point
that was part of your history. Being a Negro, right?I’m beginning to understandwhy they chose that seal
in the first place.But I still had hope
that the people of Whitesborowould make the right choice.-Okay, so, the votes are in.
-(snaps fingers) Show me the new seal! Are you (bleep) kidding me? Our residents came out and voted to keep the history of the seal
the way it was. This is… blowing up my brain right now. Do you guys just hate
American Indians? -Absolutely not.
-But if there are millions of people
outside of the town telling you
that the seal is racist… wouldn’t it do you a service
to listen to them? The people of our village know that this is just
a friendly wrestling match. This is just not even… You know… this… I don’t… I… Can I do to you
what that white man is doing to that American Indian man
in that seal? If it’s gonna foster
a better relationship, then yes. Yeah. I think it would. ♪ ♪ (applause, whooping) Wow. Wow, Jessica. It was intense. I mean, unfortunately,
it seems as though some people will never change. Actually, this morning, I spoke with the mayor
of Whitesboro, and guess what? They are changing the seal! -(cheering)
-Wow! Wow! Are you… -Is this for real?
-Yeah. Yeah. Really for real. For really for real.
The village officials and the descendants
of Hugh White are getting together
with the Oneida Indian Nation to make a new seal
that makes everybody happy! -(cheering, applause)
-We did it! We did it!