Minnesota High School Sued Over 'Wigger Day'

Black students says it was offensive
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 4, 2011 4:23 PM CDT
A school's Wigger Day is the subject of a lawsuit.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A former student is suing her high school for allegedly letting fellow students celebrate “Wigger Day,” the Huffington Post reports. “Wigger is a pejorative slang term for a white person who emulates the mannerisms, language and fashions associated with African-American culture,” the lawsuit says. Though the school had chosen a tropical homecoming theme, about 60 students arrived in “oversized sports jerseys, low-slung pants, baseball hats cocked to the side and 'doo rags.”

The now-graduated student, Quera Pruitt, says she suffered “severe emotional distress including depression, loss of sleep, stress, crying, humiliation, anxiety, and shame” because the school allowed the event to take place. The class-action suit includes “all students who experienced discrimination as a result of Wigger Day.” The school didn’t officially support the event, but when Pruitt’s mother complained, officials swept it “under the rug,” says the family attorney—even though it was the second year it had taken place. Click for more.

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