the white man's burden


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the white man's burden

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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Their intentions, I'm sure, not for one moment included a subtler version of the white man's burden.
God has sent them to take up the White Man's Burden, to save the village of Kilanga and its people.
Bearers of the white man's burden, upholders of civil rights, democracy, equality and liberty.
In The White Man's Burden William Easterly, acclaimed author and former economist at the World Bank, addresses these twin tragedies head on.
The White Man's Burden Take up the White Man's burden-- Send forth the best ye breed-- Go bind your sons to exile To serve your captives' need; To wait in heavy harness, On fluttered folk and wild-- Your new-caught, sullen peoples, Half-devil and half-child.
In an updated version of the White Man's Burden, Bush shifted his rationale for war away from disarmament and argued that it is the moral duty of America to liberate Iraq and usher in a new era of regional democracy--albeit at gunpoint.
Burton beer was exported to London in the seventeenth century and with the improvement of the River Trent navigation the worthy fluid was sent all over England, to the Baltic and soon to the East, where prodigious quantities of India Pale Ale assuaged the desperate thirst of expatriates shouldering the white man's burden in the heat.
Aa As Americans slaughtered and slaved their way into history they embraced genocide as their moral duty and a mandate in bearing the White Man's Burden of civilizing the inveterate savages who were already cluttering up the "American" landscape Aa when the looters and plunderers stepped off the boat on to Plymouth Rock, and like Columbus before them commenced spattering innocent brain matter, scalps, blood and bones all over the undeveloped real estate and resources they coveted.
effected peacefully" in Iran and Syria, "really be prepared to shoulder the white man's burden across the Middle East?
Boot's main implication seems clear enough--the United States should again "Take up the White Man's burden.
Even before the war in Iraq, Ignatieff remarked: "imperialism used to be the white man's burden.
In short, the end of racism needs to become the white man's burden.
Deprived these days of the white man's burden in Aden, Kenya and Cyprus, Britain's role as a colonial policeman is limited to Northern Ireland.
Just as British schoolchildren were once taught about the white man's burden, so now we read, gurgling with mirth if we can avoid bursting into tears, that "American power" is "the shield of independence in Latin America.