The White Man’s Burden

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I’ll be ripping apart this poem called the White Man’s Burden. Its about colonialism and cultural imperialism,  and by far the most blatant example of the Enlightenment’s Eurocentric racism I’ve ever seen. This poster from 1890 paired the phrase with a soap advertisment which creates a narrative that defines The White Man’s Burden as a method of cleansing savagery for the greater good.

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2 Comments

  1. M

    Isn’t it futile and too easy to rip into a 117 year old advert for representing dated and biased viewpoints?

    1. Leaf Jerlefia

      Its never futile to discuss the past, especially for the sake of understanding my own postmodern identity. And what biased point of view are you referring to?

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