white man's burden

white man's burden
noun
the supposed responsibility of the white race to provide care for their non-white subjects
Hypernyms: ↑duty, ↑responsibility, ↑obligation

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noun
Etymology: from “The White Man's Burden” (1899), poem by Rudyard Kipling died 1936 English writer
: the supposed duty of the white peoples to manage the affairs of the undeveloped colored races

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the alleged duty of the white race to care for subject peoples of other races in its colonial possessions.
[after a poem of the same title by Rudyard Kipling (1899)]

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white man's burden noun (Kipling)
The white man's (former) perceived obligation to govern and educate less civilized black peoples
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Main Entry:white

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white man's burden,
the assumed duty of members of the Caucasian race to educate and govern peoples of the underdeveloped countries of the world, especially of Asia and Africa.
Usage The phrase White Man's Burden, coined by Rudyard Kipling in his From Sea to Sea (1899), was felt by many to justify the cause of imperialism by reconciling it with Christian duty.

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the task that white colonizers believed they had to impose their civilization on the black inhabitants of their colonies
Origin:
from Rudyard Kipling's The White Man's Burden (1899)

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