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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.
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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.
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The efforts to maintain 'white sugar' in the early 20th century constitute the third 'white man's burden': a financial strain brought about by an intricate system of excise and bounties--enforcing the embargo while counterbalancing the increased price necessitated by higher wages for the white sugar workers--was only the monetary expression of a broader moral obligation to the 'white nation'.
Therefore, Orientalism augments the concept of the White Man's Burden, which thrives off such stereotypes and reinforces colonising or occupying the Orient.
For early twentieth-century writers who were concerned with social justice for all people irrespective of race, "The White Man's Burden" and "Recessional" were two of the most offensive and destructive poems ever written, because they forcefully and cogently formulated the religious philosophy on which the West's racist political agenda rested.
Section III outlines problems with foreign aid identified in The White Man's Burden and scrutinizes Easterly's solutions for ending poverty.
Kipling's tributes to Empire could rise to outrageous heights (The White Man's Burden), yet the emotion and energy of his work earned him many more admirers than enemies.
This was around the time that Rudyard Kipling was advising Europeans to "take up the white man's burden." Burton took up a different kind of burden and ended up positing that homosexuality is "natural" in at least some parts of the world; and far be it from northern Europeans to take that away from them!
Less effort is expended on Aids prevention than on treating the disease, according to William Easterly in his book The White Man's Burden (CUP/Penguin Press 2006).
It's a latter-day incarnation of the white man's burden. It's sort of like asking the Nazis to stay on in Poland to make amends.
To them, devolved government and multi-party politics are normal; it is government from London and sustained one-party domination of Wales that will increasingly come to be as alien to them as the Age of Empire and the White Man's Burden are to us." The first part of Datganoli is shown on S4C tonight at 9pm.: FROM PAGE 7: Results of the Institute of Welsh Politics survey of public attitudes towards devolution:What is your constitutional preference for Waless future?
Most famously, he attracted headlines in 1999 for filing grievances against North when it banned him from using controversial materials in his classroom, such as the 1995 film, "White Man's Burden" and a tape of a speech by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
In The White Man's Burden William Easterly, acclaimed author and former economist at the World Bank, addresses these twin tragedies head on.
In his important new book, The White Man's Burden, William Easterly estimates that advanced industrialized countries gave one trillion dollars in official development assistance (measured in constant 1985 dollars) to poor countries between 1950 and 1995.
A longtime professional in the field of international development--who happens to be a fellow at the CGD think-tank cited above--is William Easterly, author of The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good.
There are clear traces of "the white man's burden" of guilt in both these films about African genocide.
In Weights, playwright and poet Manning speaks of being shot and blinded in a Hollywood bar at age 23, morphing from what he calls a "'white man's burden to every man's burden." In the skater piece Traffic, Shannon displays his legendary mobility to skate on crutches elegantly and rhythmically (the skateboard alleviates the pain in his hip joints).