Meaning of white man's burden in English:

white man's burden

phrase

  • The task, believed by white colonizers to be incumbent upon them, of imposing Western civilization on the black inhabitants of European colonies.

    ‘He blamed the white man who, in the name of civilization and ‘the white man's burden,’ impoverished many peoples in the world.’
    • ‘We will go out, we will pick up the white man's burden and we will colonise these areas that are not yet under our domination.’
    • ‘Even the neocons, for all their viciousness and totalitarian gut instincts, sometimes show signs of taking their white man's burden seriously.’
    • ‘He bears the white man's burden with exceptional grace.’
    • ‘The self-defeating nature of imperialism is slyly suggested through a dramatic reversal that exploits the notion of the white man's burden.’
    • ‘He obviously thinks it's time we donned our pith helmets and picked up the white man's burden again.’
    • ‘It is a sort of modern style of the white man's burden in 2004.’
    • ‘You know, apart from ‘the white man's burden,’ there were other patronising ideas floating around at the time.’
    • ‘Earlier settlers are cruel and violent, unable to understand the white man's burden in Africa or the value of fairness and bureaucracy.’
    • ‘This is hardly surprising, since the white man's burden has long been recognized as an excuse for the most vile exploitation.’