Posted on August 4, 2011

Student Sues High School over ‘Wigger Day’

Sheena Goodyear, CNews, August 4, 2011

A U.S. woman has launched a class-action lawsuit against her former high school for racial discrimination after students there celebrated ‘Wednesday Wigger Day’ during the school’s spirit week.

While the event was not officially sanctioned, the lawsuit alleged it was widely practiced and that authorities were well aware of it.

The lawsuit describes the term ‘wigger’ as “a pejorative slang term for a white person who emulates the mannerisms, language and fashions associated with African-American culture.” It’s meant as a portmanteau of the words ‘white’ and the pejorative term for black people, ‘n—–.’

Quera Pruitt, a young black woman, attended Red Wing High School in Minneapolis, Minn., between 2008 and 2009. During that time, the school council held an annual spirit week, where students would don costumes based on specific themes. Sept. 30 was officially called ‘Tropical Day’, but the student population called it Wigger Day.

“The students who participated in Wigger or Wangsta Day wore clothes that, from their perspective, mimicked black culture. These costumes included oversized sports jerseys, low-slung pants, baseball hats cocked to the side, and ‘doo rags’ on their heads. Some of the students displayed gang signs,” reads the lawsuit filed on July 29.