white man's burden

noun

Definition of white man's burden

: the alleged duty of the white peoples to manage the affairs of the less developed nonwhite peoples

First Known Use of white man's burden

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for white man's burden

"The White Man's Burden" (1899), poem by Rudyard Kipling

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“White man's burden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20man%27s%20burden. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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