On settler colonial history, memory, and the ‘sealing’ of settler colonialism

24Jan16

Perhaps the name as well as the seal should go. ‘Whitesboro’, after all, means ‘autonomous walled town for whites’, which is what settler colonialism is all about (i.e., a sovereign self-defensive capacity that is exercised by a racially defined community, which is something you do by eliminating indigenous peoples).

Check the New York Times approach and note the distance: the logo is ‘called’ racist, and it only ‘seems’ to show a white man choking an indigenous person. The image the NYT used was distant too, so I added a clearer one below. The defenders of the logo’s point about ‘historical accuracy’ is factually correct.

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