Definition of nigrescence in US English:



  • See nigrescent

    • ‘Cross’ work on nigrescence, or the process of becoming Black, highlights a developmental progression from a non-Black identified assimilationist type to a strongly engaged, internalized Black identity.’
    • ‘I believe my writings in the area of psychological nigrescence and racial identity have provided a level of conceptual depth which is often unseen in much of the literature published in psychological journals.’
    • ‘Speculating on the African genesis of what he called ‘Africanoid’ Celts, Beddoe's index of nigrescence provided the scientific justification for racial hatred of the Irish as an inferior race.’
    • ‘Cross proposed a four stage model of psychological nigrescence or Black self-actualization in which he suggested that Black people move from a stage of racial consciousness characterized by self-abasement and denial of their blackness to a stage characterized by self-esteem and acceptance of their blackness.’