The Daily Show isusually the first to a story
when it comes to crazy.
But there was one storylast week we didn't report,
and that's becausewe sort of partially...
kind of caused it?
Jessica Williams has more.
WILLIAMS: We live in terrifying times.
But there's one danger that's threatening
to devastate the lives of everyday Americans.
Political correctnesswill destroy us.
Bizarro Obama is right--
America is under attack!
Take this small town, for example.
They have an official seal
that's represented their village for over 100 years.
Now American Indian activist Ben Miller
wants it taken down just because it...
(like a baby): huwts his feewings.
MILLER: Look at the seal.
It makes us feelreally uncomfortable,
when all we want to dois progress and move forward.
Haven't you guys done enough?
I mean, you already madethe Redskins change their logo.
No, we haven't made the Redskinschange their logo.
They ain't even thinkingabout it.
-So you didn't make themchange their logo? -No.
Y'all needto 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 seal
could be more offensive than this.
Let's just see it.
WILLIAMS:Is that pioneer
choking thatNative American dude to death,
or do I have something crazyin my eye?
This is the official sealof 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 isabsolutely not racist.
Oh, okay.Well, thank God,
because it lookslike that white man
was totally choking thisAmerican Indian man to death.
The seal depictsour founder, Hugh White...
Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait.
-The guy in the seal's nameis Hugh White? -Yes.
Hugh White was invited to engagein 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 opponentoff balance.
And then murder him?
The seal is basedon historical events
that fostereda good relationship
between our founderand the American Indians.
Yeah. I'm super positive
that's what Native Americans would say.
Yeah, history showsthat 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 picture
that's completely (bleep) horrible.
To find out how they arrived at this seal,
I met with village clerk, Dana Nimey-Olney.
NIMEY-OLNEY: In 1977,
the seal was changedto move the hands away
from the neck areadown to the shoulders.
So there's an even more offensive version of this seal?
Yeah, this one's definitely chokier.
Look, Dana,I'm gonna be real with you.
I actually kind of likethe older seal better
because, look, this onelooks like a sensual embrace
between two powerful men,
whereas this one definitelylooks like attempted murder.
Okay, so they've already changed the image
of the wrestling a bunch of times.
Why not make a brand-new one?
In 1999, the village boardwanted to have a vote
to potentially change it,
but no alternative submissionsfor another seal
-were presented at the time.-The only reason why
you didn't have the voteis because you didn't have
I got, like, a million ideasall the time!
So the village board decided to have a vote to change the seal.
I decided to submit some historically accurate seals
that these white people might legitimately like.
And I also threw in some more, like pro wrestling
and these two dudes choking a British guy to death.
Then-- funny story-- the mayor sends out a postcard
announcing the vote, which got the attention
of some people outside Whitesboro,
and kind of stirred up an international news story.
Some sayit'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. Right?
That's good.I'm happy with it.
Doesn't look likehe strangled him.
-It's the history.-This is history.
There's no needto change history.
WILLIAMS: Things were off to a rough start.
But try as they might, they couldn't choke out
the voice of dissent.
So, how do you feelabout the current seal?
-I don't like it.-Why not?
It does look likethe 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 seal
and maybe some of their words
were a little offensive.
White versus red, whiteversus 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 workedwith Native Americans.
I know there's issues.
-Humongous.-Just... just like...
-Monumental issues.-just like with your race.
-What race is that?-African-American,
black, Negro,whichever one you want to use.
You say Negro?
Well, at one pointthat was part of your history.
Being a Negro, right?
I'm beginning to understand
why they chose that seal in the first place.
But I still had hope that the people of Whitesboro
would 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 sealthe way it was.
blowing up my brain right now.
Do you guys just hateAmerican Indians?
-Absolutely not.-But if there are
millions of peopleoutside of the town
telling youthat the seal is racist...
wouldn't it do you a serviceto listen to them?
The people of our village know
that this is justa friendly wrestling match.
This is just not even...
You know... this... I don't...
Can I do to youwhat that white man is doing
to that American Indian manin that seal?
If it's gonna fostera better relationship, then yes.
Yeah. I think it would.
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 mayorof 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 descendantsof Hugh White
are getting togetherwith the Oneida Indian Nation
to make a new sealthat makes everybody happy!
-(cheering, applause)-We did it!
We did it!
-We solved racism!-We fixed it!