The alleged duty of the white peoples to bring their civilization to other peoples regarded as backward.
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.
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.