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de- +‎ niggerize


deniggerize (third-person singular simple present deniggerizes, present participle deniggerizing, simple past and past participle deniggerized)

  1. (transitive) To raise (a black person, etc.) above the traditional negative racist stereotypes.
    • 1996, Carl Upchurch, Convicted in the womb: one man's journey from prisoner to peacemaker:
      A broad spectrum of African-Americans have used education to deniggerize themselves []
    • 2000, Iceberg Slim, The Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim, page 89:
      But Al had accused Holly of going beyond the wishing to live the delusion that she had escaped the trap of blackness and had become an adored equal in a racist white world that considered her deniggerized and no longer tainted []
    • 2003, Keith Gilyard, Liberation memories: the rhetoric and poetics of John Oliver Killens, page 140:
      Included in Killens's attempt to change or deniggerize the world was a continual verbal assault on literary, media, and educational establishments relative to their collectively abysmal record of promoting positive Black images.
  2. (transitive) To free from black people or their influence.
    • 2010, Stuart Buck, Acting White: The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation, page 85:
      In some areas black schools were integrated only after insulting efforts to 'deniggerize' the school were carried out (replacement of all toilet seats, fumigation of the school, etc.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The verb deniggerize, like any term containing nigger, is potentially offensive.