white man's burden

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white man's burden

The supposed or presumed responsibility of white people to govern and impart their culture to nonwhite people, often advanced as a justification for European colonialism.

[From "The White Man's Burden," a poem by Rudyard Kipling.]

White man's burden

(Anthropology & Ethnology) the supposed duty of the White race to bring education and Western culture to the non-White inhabitants of their colonies

white′ man's` bur′den

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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Noun1.white man's burden - the supposed responsibility of the white race to provide care for their non-white subjects
duty, obligation, responsibility - the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force; "we must instill a sense of duty in our children"; "every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty"- John D.Rockefeller Jr
References in classic literature ?
To move forward uncertainly, from side to side, as one carrying the white man's burden. (From zed , z , and jag , an Icelandic word of unknown meaning.)
There had been a remand, then assurances on the part of a harassed father, and the young man had gone out to bear the White Man's Burden overseas.
His poem "The White Man's Burden" sums up his imperialism--the creed that it is the duty of the higher races to civilize the lower ones with a strong hand; and he never doubts that the greater part of this obligation rests at present upon England--a theory, certainly, to which history lends much support.
Once the Viet Minh forces, under the leadership of the legendary general Vo Nguyen Giap, had dealt a death blow to the French colonial forces at Dien Bien Phu in 1954, the Eisenhower administration in Washington effectively decided to take on the white man's burden. Vietnam was divided, but that very year's Geneva agreement proposed reunification elections.
The White man's burden of colonialism still continues to create inequality, poverty and intergenerational grief in the lands that were supposedly civilised.
This new ideology is in many ways repeating the moral certainties of the missionaries and those who promoted the 'White Man's Burden' from the last century.
That Prithwi Narayan was a local chieftain that resisted the white man's burden to colonize and civilize the east is being taken up as a cause by none less than Nepalis.
Civilising the people around the world was "The White Man's Burden".
'The White Man's Burden' was a claim to spread peace, love and justice without actually doing so.
They exhibited signs of being totally enervated bearing the 'white man's burden' through those days of strife and fearful odds.
GHISLAINE ALLEYNE: What is the significance of placing Rudyard Kipling's poem "The White Man's Burden" at the opening of your book?
Accordingly, taking the allusion to the 'white man's burden' as a thread, the present article divides into three parts.