- (transitive, ethnic slur, sometimes offensive) 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.
- (transitive, ethnic slur, sometimes offensive) 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.