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white man's burden

noun
1.
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

noun
1.
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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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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