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
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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.
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A White Man's Burden will recall the atrocity at Sharpeville, South Africa, in 1960 when police fired on people protesting against the pass laws which required black people to carry personal details.
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Five years later, Easterly advanced those themes in The White Man's Burden, which divided development activists into misguided Planners and problem-solving Searchers.
If there is one thing I learned about Iran's presidential election, it is the existence of the White Man's Burden amongst some in the Iranian Diaspora community: Iranian-Americans thousands of miles away from Iran, dictating their Western education and values to "backwards," "deprived" and "mullah-loving" people in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Rudyard Kipling, one of our greatest heroes, wrote The White Man's Burden, in which he wrote it was incumbent on the Americans to go and civilise the savages in the Philippines.
In this argument, they mirror Easterly's division of the development world of "planners" and "searchers" as stated within The White Man's Burden (2006) with "tellers" and "listeners," where tellers believe that communication is about "telling people what to do and about changing behavior," versus listeners, who "are more interested in participatory communication, advocacy and a search for common meaning" (p.
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It was in the late 1890s, when King Leopold II was colonizing the Congo and the United States was annexing the Philippines, that Kipling published "The White Man's Burden," a poem exhorting U.