"Wigger Wednesday": Black student sues school district alleging racism

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Wigger Wednesday invites students to dress up like gangsta rappers.
A local high school is being sued by a black student over a longstanding student tradition known as "Wigger Wednesday."

Quera Pruitt, a former Red Wing High School student, says seeing her white classmates don do-rags and saggy jeans while throwing gang signs on "Wigger Wednesday" is a form of racial discrimination.

"To her, and frankly to me, 'Wigger Day' is the same thing as 'Nigger Day,'" says her attorney, Joshua Williams.

Each fall semester, the high school traditionally celebrates Homecoming with "Dress Up Days." Pruitt experienced the tradition for the first time when entering her junior year at Red Wing High School.

In 2009, "Tropical Day" was hijacked by a group of 60 to 70 students who declared it "Wigger Day" (also called "Wigger Wednesday" or "Wangsta Day"). On this day, the white kids wore cocked baseball caps, sports jerseys, and gang colors instead of the Hawaiian shirts they were supposed to sport.

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The Wigger Wednesday Facebook group.
After receiving complaints, the principal told the students to change out of their "wigger" wear. In protest, some students started a Facebook page called "Wigger Wednesday."

The description features a sexual epithet that appears to be directed at Pruitt.
"lets keep wigger wednesday goin til that cunt quits."
The incident infuriated Pruitt. Although Wigger Day was never an officially sanctioned school event, Pruitt says teachers and administrators saw the same thing happen the previous year and did nothing to stop it. None of the students who participated were disciplined.

So Pruitt filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, which reached an agreement with then-district superintendent Stan Slessor in September 2010. Slessor agreed to a number of remedies, including a meeting with all African-American students to discuss any incidents of harassment.

The agreement did not specifically address what was to become of "Wigger Day," however.

Nor did it bring the matter to a close. Late last week, Pruitt filed a lawsuit accusing the school's principal, the superintendent, and the district itself of fostering a racially hostile environment.

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FEDUP
FEDUP

double standard....of course. only who wants to look like them????????????????????? oh just found this so called bit of old news.....

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Me
Me

Wait a minute - no posts about how Hawaiian Day or Tropical Day was offensive to central Pacific Islanders?  Were white people supposed to wear those clothes?  Was it Wropical Day or Whawaiian Day? 

voice of reason
voice of reason

no one mentions that it was "Tropical Day."  The school administration did not have anything to do with a small section of students dressing this way..  they showed up that way.. she said it was her first year experiencing this "day," but then says they did it the year before.. how does she know?  When she complained, because black people bitch about everything, the students where made to change their clothing..  So how is the school, or school district responsible?? It was Tropical Day!!  What other than making the students change out of the clothing could the school do??  Suspend the 70 students??  The only "offensive thing" is that some of the kids called it "wigger" day..  Technically the students could sue for the school discriminating on the close they were wearing, but its not in their nature..  Seems like in a day and age where blacks are given every advantage and leg up on everyone else, they sue for discrimination more than ever, because they always want something for nothing.. a little research will show that schools like harvard deny asian americans with higher test scores to accept blacks with lower scores..  why because blacks think they are the ONLY minority.. Last I checked asians where a smaller percent of the population that blacks.. The problem??  If they excepted all the asians who had the test scores, they would make up unequal portion of their percentage of the population..  asians are actually hurt by affirmative action laws designed for minorities.. they have also been here a lot less longer, but have overcome obstacles of racism, from american wars with asian countries, and have become successful citizens..  yes there are poor and trashy whites, but they make up a smaller percent of the white population, then the trashy blacks make up of the whole black population.. blacks make up 13% of the population, but in prison they are the majority.. this is not just in the US.. the UK prison system is filled with an unproportionate number of blacks.. most countries where blacks are the majority of the population are crap stains on the map.. in south africa, since blacks won the right to vote, there has never been another white president, and the country has slowly gone more to shambles in those 20 or so years... blacks are favored for promotion when a company spot opens up, and are also harder to fire than white people.. they get away with murder before they can be fired, as companies are afraid of being sued...  say what you want, but anyone with any common sense has witnessed things throughout there life that knows these things are true, you just cant say it without the blacklash..  am i saying that all blacks are this way?? NO, i know some really good black folk, who are highly intelligent, but these are not the norm.. all the schools around the country that are losing accreditation are all black majority schools..  there test scores are not high enough, kids not going to school.. teachers getting blamed for these problems.. then the kids change to "better" schools, and test scores start to drop at the new schools... a nobel prize winning scientist came out saying that people of african decent where less inteligent than people from other parts of the world, and was ostracized, and called a racist...the guy spent 60 years studying intelligence and the brain, yet people with no training have the nerve to say he is wrong, and a racist.. all the signs throughout the last hundred years point to him being right, but somehow spending his life studying the brain, was not enough for people to take him serious.. i am surprised blacks are not fighting to have his nobel prize taken away..

Swerve456
Swerve456

It's amazing that most of the people that get so angry about issues like these, claim to be educated black people. As in " I have two degrees" or "my father owns his own company". Fact is, as whites we're typically not worried about the harm or disfunction in our communities from a productive member of society who happens to be black. But yet, those blacks who have no values and their entire existence depends on taking advantage of someone else's hard work. All blacks, be it successful or pillaging, will suffer from the actions of the majority. In comparison, I'm absolutely sure not every horse likes hay but over time that's what we have observed more times than not. Humans tend to categorize by many things, repeated behavior being one. If you successful blacks want to bellyache about racism, how about putting the blame where it belongs, with your own race. Don't blame the observationist!

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Dapotpie
Dapotpie

I don't argue that this event was wrong and should not have taken place however I fail to see how suing the school district solves the problem...  Unless I'm mistaken this is a public school meaning its funds come from taxes.  So how does it make sense for everyone's tax money (black, white, w/e) to be given to this girl because there are racist students at her school?  Why is it that the students are not being help responsible for their actions?  I'll tell you why.  Its all about money.  The school district is far more likely to be able to pay out a large sum compared to the parents of some high school student.  It's really sad to see this kind of exploitation in a serious matter such as racism but that's America right?  Money will solve all your problems kids its the only important thing in life.  Leave your friends, family, and morals behind because as long as you have money you're a success.

Nan
Nan

I think thy should make a day called cracker day and all the black kids should dress like ku Klux Klan members

DanielMcSpeard
DanielMcSpeard

This is a non-issue and the court case should be thrown out as a frivolous lawsuit.

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puerile
puerile

The kids who dress like Wiggers are going have great jobs as gas station attendants and grocery baggers.

Bryan
Bryan

I agree with both Concepcion Prado AND skyrising, but only partly for each. To be clear, I'm a homosexual man, so I understand how it feels to be picked on. On one hand, you should place yourself in Quera's shoes. Ask yourself how you would feel if you were part of a minority, and you witnessed behavior that pokes fun at your ethnicity or lifestyle. Most people would be affected negatively at first, if not long term....and let's face it, nobody wants to feel that way. Skyrising, you have a good point in saying that the students engaging in this behavior are either racist OR ignorant, and the Wigger word should not have been used in that situation.

However, in Concepcion Prado's defense, there is ALWAYS a reason why stereotypes are created in the first place....because they ARE partly true. Yes, not EVERYONE in that minority is the same way, but then again, neither is anyone in one demographic category of people....yet, stereotypes are still created about them. That said, it seems that more Black Americans are more severely offended to words or actions that could be even SLIGHTLY misconstrued as racist, compared to other minorities. Not only that, but they also seem to hold the grudge FAR longer, and with more intensity, than other minorities. They need to wake up and realize, this simply fuels the fire for those who WOULD poke fun at them. You know the old saying, "You'll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar."

Again, the person writing this is gay gay gay, having endured many jeers and taunts and cruelties. However, I have also learned that you have to give people the benefit of the doubt,  and just let some things go, because they don't matter at the end of the day anyway. I actually LOVE politically incorrect humor (even HOMO humor), because that's exactly what it is...H-U-M-O-R. Does that mean I have some psychosis, or that I'm ashamed of being a minority? Absolutely not. Maybe, just MAYBE, people who are perceived as racist are really only making fun of the demographic helping to create the stereotype....for a laugh! You may notice that a lot of those same people make fun of their OWN demographic just as much.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if more people could take off the angry hat and turn up their funny bone. Life is WAY too damn short to dwell on the unnecessary! Just get over it!

smarterthanyou
smarterthanyou

you play that race card baby... America fears the word "nigger." It is the suppression of a word that gives it power. If everyone said racial slurs like nigger nigger nigger, kike, kike, wop, wop, mic, guinny until they had no meaning anymore, then you wouldn't have people suing and hurting each other over it. But DONT YOU SEE?? THEY DONT WANT IT TO NOT HAVE MEANING? Where would al sharpton, or Jesse Jackson be without racism? They damn sure wouldnt be preaching about "the N word" on capitol hill in $3000 suits... You, America, can stop it... but I know you wont because its just too easy to hate someone for being different, and its too easy to blame all your problems on the color of your skin and how youre a victim

Angry American
Angry American

Another easy way to game the system. This girl was never personally attacked, she just had to face the reality of the ridiculous culture that exists in the ghetto, black and white. It works both ways. There is no comedy that makes fun of white rednecks?I would like to see a response from the Justice Department over the racilally  motivated random attacks (blacks attacking whites) at the Wisconsin State Fair on August 4th. After scores of calls to 911 plainly describing the incident, the Police Department cannot bring itself to charge anyone with a hate crime. So, do hate crime laws only work one way?Apparently so, In the Obama/Holder administration.

Joerags
Joerags

Haha u stupid black girl. Dont think u r so innocent, did u hear about the wisconson fair? A bunch of black teens ur age attacked white people.imagine if a bunch of white people attacked black people? The media would be all over it and lawsuits would be all over the place.guess what? HAPPY WIGGER DAY!!!!!!

JonnyBgood2me
JonnyBgood2me

Sorry but this is stupid - In all honestly, this has been blown out of proportion - white guys dressing as rappers who use racial stereotypes in their music.  Maybe the student should sue the rap industry?

enuf's enuf
enuf's enuf

Wassup wassup...yu aint bees da only ones who can dress and look stupid.

Bill11110000
Bill11110000

Funny how many white people there are posting on this story, pretending to be black people.

I Dont Dress Black
I Dont Dress Black

Holy shit balls i just thought about this why is there not a white history month??? Oh thats right because it would be racist................enjoy the month of Feb. u prissy bitch u get a whole month dedicated to Africans and us white people try and create one day and all this goes down!!!!

Dave
Dave

Holy crap, All the whiners should go get a job and do something instead of finding something to cry about.

WildBill54
WildBill54

Somebody (actually TWO somebodies, the Aggrieved and her Lawyer) wants to get paid.Look, I'm black, and I think hip-hop culture is nothing to emulate or aspire to.  Quera needs to get on with her life and be an achiever, and you can't do that if you're busy looking under every rock for a reason to be offended!!

Babyelaxys
Babyelaxys

I see the word "wigger" as making fun of white people for being so damn riduculous in the way they dress. i do not see anything racist about this. 

Jpduzan
Jpduzan

  On this day, the white kids wore cocked baseball caps, sports jerseys, and gang colorsSo it is ok for black students, but not for white students.

jordanz
jordanz

If the N word is so damn offensive to black kids they need to quit using it all the time.You cant go anywhere in public w/o hearing them refer to each other as "N-----" in every sentence.Not a good image or any way to foster respect for themselves

Sbpjones1
Sbpjones1

This is offensive to everyone. These parents need to spend a year of community service in a racially dominant area that is not of their own ethnic background it is apparent that the people who raised these children are intellectually inferior to all humans! this student as well as alll of the African American children in these areas need reparation.

Chris
Chris

I guess they were mad that people were running around looking ridiculous in their baggy pants and over sized shirts and hats that they forgot to pull the tags off of.

LOLJEW
LOLJEW

at my school we do this thing called jew juesday where we come to school with fake noses and yamakas and try to bargain with the lunch lady for half price kosher lunches and hawk gold during passing periods. then we all talk in hebrew about killing jesus and STILL complain about the nazis cause they really just need to get over it already! AMIRITE?!

Lizzie Gowers
Lizzie Gowers

I just love when people call on the race card to call shenanigans on stupidity. In a way, she's being racist herself in her eagerness to use the race card.

Amstopher
Amstopher

It's fucking high school. Get over it.

satan666bongrip
satan666bongrip

when it comes down to it, public schools are institutions of learning. it is the responsibility of the school administration to keep this shit away from our students. it's already tough being a teenager, and our schools are there to try and give them every tool they need to be successful. in this case, not all the students were given the best chance they could to grow up and accomplish their goals, and that is why i think the girl has a strong case. the school system failed her, and they need to be held accountable.

Rmoore89
Rmoore89

Let me get this straight.. The black girl is mad at white kids for acting black, so mad that she cant live her life. Yet she does not care when black people act the same exact way, that is just hate right there, she just has too much hate towards the white race to act this way, wow a lawsuit and everything. If black people started acting like white people, us white people would not give a damn because we are not as racist as black people. Black people hate whites so bad they will get at any little thing just to stir up a situation, christ..

Bill11110000
Bill11110000

Are the terms "wigger" and "wangsta" terms invented by black students to mock white students who emulate some aspects of black culture?

If so, where is the racism when white students adopt the terms?  Why is it racist to adopt the clothing styles of some high school blacks?  What is the difference between doing this and the famous Eddie Murphy skit on Saturday Night Live, where he does a "White Like Me" spot and discovers (among other things) that white people can go to a newstand and read the magazines and newspapers as long as they like, where white people go into a store and get the things they select for no payment, while black people are held to a stricter standard?

Jane
Jane

It's so delightful how so many people here are utterly ignorant of the BS that non-white people put up with all the time. Both from people who aren't intentionally being racist and from people who are racist and happy to share. It's wearing and creates an incredibly stressful and hostile environment. A lot of folks keep their heads down because the alternative is getting bullied and sometimes there is no one you can go to because they don't care, they don't get it or they agree. It's amazing how quick the temperature in a room changes when you object to something racist that someone has said.

You can accuse us of being too PC or being babies if that helps you sleep at night, but facts don't stop being facts just because you don't have the experience.

Sd
Sd

I think it's great all these students showing so much school spirit.  We had dress up days like this at my school and the only people that participated where the teachers.

Anonymous
Anonymous

GET OFF THE F*CKING INTERNET YOU WHINY BABIES

Abc
Abc

seriously, stop bitching, noone really gives a fuck anymore if this is offensive to you all, you all played the victim too damn much. grow a pair, and take it as it is, a joke

Halli620
Halli620

Oh come on. While the facebook group was obviously offensive and could count as harassment, the dress-up day is not, other than the name, which should be changed to something like "Rapper Day." No one, absolutely no one, makes any race in particular dress in this particular way, and therefore even if one race has chosen to embrace it more than others, imitating it is not any more "racist" or "hostile" than listening to certain kinds of music is. Our society is way too litigious, and that's not a good way to live. While there may have been more serious offenses going on in this school that actually did create a "hostile racial environment," they are not mentioned here, and anyone up in arms about this dress-up day is taking themselves much too seriously. Not only that, but it's worth remembering, in this case, that "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Unless there were much more serious racial incidents that were not mentioned here, no one but Pruitt was responsible for losing out on her senior year.

Haile
Haile

The young lady in question was called a cunt by classmates how is that not a problem? I dare any man of any race to call a female of his family a cunt and tell me that it was met with a positive reaction. I usually don't comment on things like this but some ignorance is too good to pass up on. My issue is with the name because it basically says dress like a nigger or what u consider a nigger which leads to a larger issue of white guilt and white flight. Thats why many commentators speak of gangsters terrorizing white ppl and them having to be scared of ignorant black gang members. Its funny because with the exception of maybe arabs speaking in broad terms whites have traditionally been more violent to every race...lets not forget we inhabit a land whose natives were all but annihilated. Black ppl do a lot more acting tough then they really are and when they are violent towards others is their own because black life is not valued and some live like crabs in a barrel. Some aspects of black culture are problematic like all cultures...we are human and all humans as a whole and as a group should strive to better themselves. Economically blacks are one of the few groups who are excelling as a whole while the media portrays them as the face of welfare and drug use the cold hard facts lay that at the feets of whites along with hate crimes. Most whites only know about black ppl what rupert murdoch tells them to be afraid (americans learning how to be american from an australian is some repugnant shit..lol). These kids are lame and were doing wigger day because they have no culture of their own so they mimic others or what little they know about other cultures like their ignorant parents before them...good thing is thru things like hip hop young ppl are more accepting of others and we just have to wait for the old racists to pass. The biggest problem that all americans face is economic inequality and corporate run government but as long as we're talking about race the more our economy and country slips from our hands and into that of the rich elite who think poor whites are just as ridiculous as us ignorant coons...lol We are all two sides of the same coin fighting each other while someone is else stealing the coin. Stay blessed ppl get that hate out ya heart.

satan666bongrip
satan666bongrip

that doesnt make any sense... are you saying i am pretending to be black because i give a shit about human rights?

Guesswho
Guesswho

Do you want the parents to get murdered? That is like giving them the death penalty! The nlack people will kill them, take their clothes, steal a computer, sell the stuff on ebay, and maybe they can get a big mac.

satan666bongrip
satan666bongrip

lol is that a picture of YOU or is it phillip seymour hoffman in the film "capote"? lolololol

smilemore
smilemore

first of all you ignorant bottom feeding toad, i am "black" as you put it and neither i nor anyone in my family acts like that. and you i assume are white. did you kill your kids like susan smith or enter hot body contests when they went missing like casey anthony? do you live in a trailer, smoke meth and bang your sister like many whites do? is your sister a "girls gone wild" slut who gets drunk, shows her tits to strangers and has lesbian tendencies like over 30,000 young white college girls before her? has your mom killed your dad yet like the countless women on the documentary show "snapped"? see how dumb it is to lump all the members of a race together because of the actions of a few? now come on show us your tits! you dumb racist short sighted coward

satan666bongrip
satan666bongrip

you're all so stupid. why don't you like go read a book. if you can read?

this girl was just trying to go to school and learn and GET her education. seems like she was successful. so successful that she will hopefully get a bunch of money from these racist ass minnesotans. jesus christ what the hell is wrong with you people?

smilemore
smilemore

eddie murphy did his skit as a professional comedian and he did not insult white people with his jokes. and african americans did not make up the  terms :nigger" or "wigger" but are richly rewarded by whites for using the terms just the same way step and fetch it and hattie mcdaniels were rewarded by whites for modeling behavior that they are comfortable  seeing blacks display. whites buy more than 80% of the gangsta rap garbage sold. sorry to burst your bubble buddy but most of us just want to go to school and get our education without being harrased by your ignorance andreminded of the little box you want to keep us in

Jane
Jane

This comment is absolutely dripping with irony.

smilemore
smilemore

what counts as harassment in your book? "hang a nigger day"? how bout " slap a black day"? no well how about "red neck sister humper day"? or "national white meth smokers day"? no? oh well i give up

satan666bongrip
satan666bongrip

it's called WIGGER DAY, you idiot. how is that NOT race associated?

Bill11110000
Bill11110000

I don't know; are you a white person in reality but posting here as if you were a black person?

Bill11110000
Bill11110000

It's a picture of you pretending to be a woman, taken before you decided to pretend to be black.

Bill11110000
Bill11110000

So buddy (that's the term you used, right?), tell it to the folks at the Wisconsin State Fair last week.

By the way, the name of the actor you're referring to is Stepin Fetchit, not step and fetch it.

TeaJJ
TeaJJ

oh how delicious!!!

satan666bongrip
satan666bongrip

i mean, even if it WERE called "rapper day", something doesn't sit right with me about a bunch of rural white kids dressing up as black rappers speaking ebonics and throwing up "gang" signs.

satan666bongrip
satan666bongrip

re whitemale

im embarassed for you....

MY race already took the rights to EVERYTHING. or at least they feel entitled to do so.

whitemale
whitemale

why wouldn't that "sit right" with you? did your race already take all the rights to that way of dressing, that ridiculous way you speak, and gang signs? well it doesn't "sit right" with me when i see a black person in a shirt and tie, speaking proper english, and having a job. me and my fellow educated whites already claimed that

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