white man's bur-den

white man's burden

noun
the alleged duty of the white race to care for subject peoples of other races in its colonial possessions.

Origin:
after a poem of the same title by Rudyard Kipling (1899)

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White man's burden
 
n
the supposed duty of the White race to bring education and Western culture to the non-White inhabitants of their colonies

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white man's burden definition


A phrase used to justify European imperialism in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; it is the title of a poem by Rudyard Kipling. The phrase implies that imperialism was motivated by a high-minded desire of whites to uplift people of color.

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