What reasons for imperialism does “The White Man’s Burden” emphasize? 

“The White Man’s Burden” emphasizes the supposed moral obligation of white people to educate and spread their culture to the people they colonize as the primary reason for imperialism.

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Rudyard Kipling’s poem conveys the rather racist and outdated idea that colonizers carry a heavy responsibility to help and educate the people they colonize. The “burden” that the white men carry is this supposed obligation.

Race is an important component of that burden. The Europeans or Americans, according to Kipling, should be willing to make sacrifices in order to help those they deem inferior; a hierarchy based on race was usually considered natural. Through making such sacrifices, everyone in the ruling countries is also thought to...

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