NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said yesterday that his administration will review the NYC seal which features a Native American in a loincloth:
— Gloria Pazmino (@GloriaPazmino) July 27, 2020
But to the New York Times, the New Yorker in the seal is problematic as well. They’re calling him an “American settler” and they’re disturbed by the “long rope with a loop on its end” that he’s holding:
— Cliff Levy (@cliffordlevy) July 27, 2020
From the NYT:
It features a Native American in a breechcloth and an early American settler holding a long rope with what appears to be a loop on its end, and for more than a century, it has served as the official seal of New York City — but perhaps not for much longer.
Except, the “settler” is a sailor and the rope he’s holding does not have a loop at the end. That’s a lead weight called a plummet and it’s used to measure the depth of the water. From NYC.gov:
Supporters: Dexter, a sailor, his right arm bent, and holding in his right hand a plummet; his left arm bent, his left hand resting on the top of the shield; above his right shoulder, a cross-staff. Sinister, an Indian of Manhattan, his right arm bent, his right hand resting on top of the shield, his left hand holding the upper end of a bow, the lower end of which rests on the ground. Shield and supporters rest upon a horizontal laurel branch.
Wow, this is bad:
Ask Siri: "What is a plummet?"
Also ask Siri: "What is a mocking level of ratio?"
— Sandy 〽️ (@RightGlockMom) July 27, 2020
Not a noose:
It's called a "lead line." It's used to measure depth in fathoms. Historical descriptions of the seal have always referred to the figure on the left as a SAILOR. An "analyst" would know that! pic.twitter.com/1HJ2wSfnXJ
— DeplorableMeTex (@FormerUSN) July 27, 2020
We get that Cliff Levy, an editor for the Times is just quoting the article, but yeah. It’s bad:
This ratio is going to be a pleasure to watch.
“Assistant Managing Editor,” doesn’t bother to look up what a depth finder looks like.
— Will Collier (@willcollier) July 27, 2020
This reminds us of the time Sarah Silverman mistook contractor marks on the sidewalk for Nazi logos:
This is up there with Sarah Silverman thinking road work spray paint on concrete was actually Nazi symbology https://t.co/UcpATvfTkB
— Geoffrey Ingersoll (@GPIngersoll) July 27, 2020