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the white man's burden

outdated, offensive The belief of white European colonizers that they had a moral obligation to enforce their culture, religion, and ethics on the indigenous populations they enslaved or conquered. It's clear that the minister, a dinosaur in his belief, still holds onto the notion of the white man's burden when the topic of African and Middle-Eastern refugees comes up.
See also: burden, white

the white man's burden

the task, believed by white colonizers to be incumbent upon them, of imposing Western civilization on the black inhabitants of European colonies. dated
The white man's burden comes from Rudyard Kipling's poem of that title ( 1899 ), originally referring specifically to the United States' role in the Philippines.
See also: burden, white
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Planners distinction, Easterly's critique of foreign aid efforts, at least in The White Man's Burden, does not go far enough, and his solutions suffer from some of the same problems as Sachs' program.
Boot takes his title from Kipling's famous, indeed notorious, February 1899 imperial exhortation to the United States, "The White Man's Burden,"
Institutionally, the white man's burden is still alive and well in the U.
The third is Holtrop's essay on the policies and anxieties of Idenburg, who shouldered the white man's burden stoutly during his governorship of Indonesia from 1909 to 1916.
Then it's not this heavy burden of guilt and shame" that results in the all too common liberal "destructive sense of responsibility -- a white man's burden, which comes across as patronizing, which comes across as insincere.
Rhodes admires both Ruskin and Kipling and assumes that art and correct imperialist thinking have been combined in the latter's poem about "the white man's burden.
Never far from the surface, doubt persists throughout South-East Asia over whether Australia really wants or is ready to play an independent and contemporary role in regional and international affairs; or whether it still remains deeply committed to an older order, happy to serve as the second-division local bearers of the White Man's Burden.
Their racism was evident and ubiquitous; the white man's burden was dumped on us in truckloads, part of the everyday racism in our lives.
God has sent them to take up the White Man's Burden, to save the village of Kilanga and its people.
To his credit, he recently negotiated film rights for the 1996 video release of the movie; White Man's Burden, starring Harry Belafonte.
So, this white man's burden of 1994 is a double one.
Bedia's own response to these specters was The Little Revenge from the Periphery, which featured a popular poster illustrating "the white man's burden.
international organizations' tendency to double down on their failures in his 2008 book The White Man's Burden.
Lord Mountvamper, or such and such, in his colonial bloodthirst and in proper white man's burden style, spread the virus and many Indians went missing, killing and nuts.
Their ignorance and inane liberal charity recalls Rudyard Kipling's 1899 poem "The White Man's Burden," wherein Kipling urges the young men of Europe to "Take up the White Man's burden/The savage wars of peace/Fill full the mouth of Famine.