I personally see nothing wrong with dragging a pile of plastic
around. It certainly doesn't resemble anything human.
Students at Damonte Ranch high school in Reno, Nevada, may be
going through a much-needed diversity training in the upcoming
weeks. This, after a homecoming parade included a Black
mannequin being dragged by a student in a cowboy costume.
According to a local NBC-affiliate, the display was a part of a student-conceptualized float where the school’s mascot, a
mustang, was supposed to use a rope to lasso a student (not a
mannequin) dressed up as the opposing school’s mascot, a knight.
Instead, a number of events led to what came off as a racially
“This incident and the behavior of those responsible is utterly
inconsistent with our collective commitment to equity,
diversity, responsibility, and kindness for all of our students
and staff members,” read a statement on the district’s website
that followed the Friday night incident. The school also
launched an investigation into what occurred.
In an incident report obtained by NBC News, students say the
mannequin idea came about after a plan to use a blow-up doll
fell through. In addition, the reason the mannequin ended up
being dragged was that it would not stand up on the float where
it was originally supposed to be placed. As far as the color,
that was explained away by saying it was supposed to be gray but
students could not find one to purchase online.
The report also claims that the students intended to
“demonstrate a traditional, friendly rivalry.” That plan,
however, went terribly wrong.
The district said action will be taken against those responsible
for the incident. According to their statement, this may entail
a formal apology as well as “schoolwide redoubling of efforts
around civil rights, equity, and diversity training.”