White-man-s-burden meaning

The alleged duty of the white peoples to bring their civilization to other peoples regarded as backward.
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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.
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The supposed responsibility of European people to govern and care for their colonial subjects.
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Origin of white-man-s-burden

  • From “The White Man's Burden,” a poem by Rudyard Kipling
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From the poem The White Man's Burden by Rudyard Kipling.
    From Wiktionary