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Aug042011

Woman Sues High School over 'Wigger Day' Homecoming Event

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(RED WING, Minn.) -- A woman is suing her former high school in Minnesota for a homecoming event that she claims was racially offensive and illegal. She said fellow students wore stereotypical low-slung pants, oversized sports jerseys, baseball hats tilted to the side and "doo rags" on their heads on a day designated as "Wigger Day."

Quera Pruitt, 19, said that her former high school, Red Wing High School in Red Wing, Minn., allowed students to dress in racially discriminative ways in 2008 and 2009 during "Dress Up Days" leading up to homecoming.

One of the dress-up days was supposed to be "Tropical Day," but Pruitt said students instead designated it "Wigger Day" and added that the school's administration was aware of the designation.

The class action lawsuit filed on July 29 defined the term "wigger" as "a pejorative slang term for a white person who emulates the mannerisms, language and fashions associated with African-American culture."

"This is blackface for the 21st century," said Pruitt's attorney, Joshua Williams. "The school and the district failed to do anything to address the conduct, remediate the conduct or even talk about it in a meaningful way. They turned a blind eye and were woefully indifferent."

The lawsuit stated that some students even displayed gang signs. Williams said the school did not punish the students, contact parents or provide counseling for offended students. Instead, he said, students were simply told to go home and change their clothes.

Williams and his client have chosen to pursue a class action suit on behalf of other students who may have been offended, regardless of their race. The lawsuit estimates at least 40 other students could fall into that category.

The school district denied the allegations.

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