Quera Pruitt, an African-American student and recent graduate, is suing a high school she attended, claiming it allowed a “racist” and “bigoted” school spirit event to occur. Pruitt filed a lawsuit in federal court, claiming she suffered “extreme emotional distress” because of a homecoming event titled “Wednesday Wigger Day,” one of several days during spirit week at Red Wing High School. “Wigger” is as a slang term for “a white person who emulates the mannerisms, language and fashions associated with African-American culture,” according to a Wikipedia entry, the definition cited in the lawsuit. It is said to be a slur that combines the words “white” or “wannabe” with the word “nigger.” To participate the spirit day, students wore clothes that, from their perspective, mimicked Black culture, including over-sized jerseys, baggy pants, and baseball hats cocked to the side. After the 2009 “Wigger Day,” Pruitt fell in a deep depression and was forced to withdraw from student council, track, and cheerleading. Full article.

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