white man's burden
noun Etymology: “The White Man's Burden” (1899), poem by Rudyard Kipling Date: 1900 the alleged duty of the white peoples to manage the affairs of the less developed nonwhite peoples

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • white man's burden — the alleged duty of the white race to care for subject peoples of other races in its colonial possessions. [after a poem of the same title by Rudyard Kipling (1899)] * * * …   Universalium

  • white man’s burden — (old use rather offensive) a phrase that was used mainly in the 19th century to express the idea that European countries had a duty to run the countries and organizations of people in other parts of the world with less money, education or… …   Universalium

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