I am studying Imperialism and I am getting hang of
The White Man's Burden, but then again not really. Can some one please unfold the whole idea behind it?
The term comes from a poem by Rudyard Kipling. What did he (and others) mean by it)?
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"The white mans burden" is the idea that white people are superior to other people and therefore responsible for them and has a duty to take care of and educate others.
It was used to justify imperialism while keeping an air of morality to imperialism’s oppression and exploitation by painting non-white people are poor, childish subhumans.
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Rudyard Kipling published the poem in the United States in 1899, shortly afther the U.S. won the Spanish-American War, and became an "imperialist" power by obtaining former Spanish possessions in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, etc.
In this poem Kipling was urging the United States to join the ranks of the Imperialist nations (England, France, Germany, Japan, and others) with an argument that boiled down to, that by doing good,
(and thereby taking up the "White Man's burden"), you'll also do well.
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