via DailyMail: Fourteen students from a mostly white prestigious Catholic prep school in San Francisco have been suspended for attending an off-campus party where teenagers wore clothes commonly associated with urban black culture.
The Rev. Edwin Harris, president of St. Ignatius College Preparatory High School, told parents in a letter that the alcohol-fueled bash at a large city park called Sigmund Stern Grove ‘appropriated pervasive negative stereotypes’ and carried ‘racial overtones and racist implications’.
‘Regardless of the intent of those who participated, their actions had an adverse effect on the community and on them,’ Harris said. ‘We categorically condemn this gathering as it does not represent the Ignatian values or ideals that our school stands for.’
The party last weekend in San Francisco drew teenagers from several schools and was not organized by St. Ignatius students, Harris said. School administrators learned about it Tuesday from students who had seen photos on Instagram, he said.
Photos that were taken at the January 23 event and later obtained by the station KPIX show high school students of both sexes, most of them seemingly white, wearing low-riding baggy pants, oversize basketball jerseys and track suits, and sporting braids.
Many of the partygoers seen in the pictures also made hand gestures seemingly meant to mimic gang signs.
The station reported that the Saturday night beer bash drew 80-100 students, including black teens, from five different schools.
St. Ignatius Principal Patrick Ruff told the San Francisco Chronicle the weekend party was billed as a so-called ‘wigger’ party – an offensive term combining the word ‘white’ and the N-word, and referring to a gathering for white people who emulate the language, gestures and dress popularized by rap and hip-hop videos.
‘It’s disheartening and incredibly sad this type of thing exists not just for SI, but for the entire city,’ Ruff told the newspaper.