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22nd Jun '16 10:05:59 AM thatother1dude
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', this is the Fire Nation's official reason for conquering and colonizing the rest of the world: they want to "share their greatness" with the rest of the world (a quick aside, the Fire Nation isn't exactly caucasian, but then none of the nations are). Certainly, Fire Lords Azulon and Ozai don't care about that and they just want to be [[AGodAmI the supreme ruler of everything]], but that was [[WellIntentionedExtremist Fire Lord Sozin]]'s reason for beginning the war in the first place. Eventually, [[spoiler:Zuko]] realizes 1) that this "sharing" philosophy is a total lie--the Fire Nation is not sharing anything but fear and suffering and 2) how wrong this philosophy is by itself.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', this is the Fire Nation's official reason for conquering and colonizing the rest of the world: they want world is to "share their greatness" with the rest of the world (a quick aside, the Fire Nation isn't exactly caucasian, but then none of the nations are).world. Certainly, Fire Lords Azulon and Ozai don't care about that and they just want to be [[AGodAmI the supreme ruler of everything]], but that was [[WellIntentionedExtremist Fire Lord Sozin]]'s reason for beginning the war in the first place. Eventually, [[spoiler:Zuko]] realizes 1) that this "sharing" philosophy is a total lie--the Fire Nation is not sharing anything but fear and suffering and 2) how wrong this philosophy is by itself.
21st Jun '16 12:42:49 PM DinoMaurus
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': For all their righteousness and willigness to protect Earth, the Crystal Gems don't think particularly highly of humans, often having a downright condescending attitude towards most of them. (Steven is an exception, of course). Part of this stems from the fact that Gems not only are inherently superstrong, powerful and have several advantages over humans, but also because the main heroines haven't bothered to learn much more about mankind despite all the time they have stayed on Earth.
26th May '16 7:03:30 AM wuggles
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This trope is about a plot where an ordinary, ethnically-European (white) person [[note]] although some ethnic Europeans do have nonwhite racial makeup - Hungarians and Finns, for example [[/note]] meets an underprivileged non-ethnic-Euro character. Taking pity on the other character's plight, they [[AllLovingHero selflessly volunteer]] themselves as the other's tutor, mentor, or caretaker to make things better.

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This trope is about a plot where an ordinary, ethnically-European (white) person [[note]] although some ethnic Europeans do have nonwhite racial makeup - Hungarians and Finns, for example [[/note]] meets an underprivileged non-ethnic-Euro character. Taking pity on the other character's plight, they [[AllLovingHero selflessly volunteer]] themselves as the other's tutor, mentor, or caretaker to make things better.
13th May '16 6:52:43 AM Pichu-kun
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* A [[http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/05/coca-cola-mexico-ad-indigenous-people 2015 Coca-Cola ad]] was widely accused of this, in it a group of white teen hipsters are seen traveling to a remote indigenous Mexican village in order to "Bring them Christmas joy", there they start giving out Coke bottles to the sad-looking natives and then they build them a Christmas tree made of coke bottles in the middle of the town. Because of the outrage from several groups that advocate for the rights of indigenous people in Mexico the ad was immediately pulled and Coca-Cola issued an apology for it.
** Which is ironic, because there ''are'' some Mexican Indians (the Tarahumara people come to mind) who have come to casually (and ''voluntarily'') accept Western culture and act like stereotypical American teenagers - wearing blue jeans and cowboy boots and hats, drinking soda pop or beer, eating ramen noodles, listening to hip-hop, and cracking sex jokes - despite retaining at least a few pre-Columbian customs. Because of RealityIsUnrealistic, Westerners who visit them often [[CondescendingCompassion feel sad]] that so much of their "traditional" culture has been "corrupted."

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* A [[http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/05/coca-cola-mexico-ad-indigenous-people 2015 Coca-Cola ad]] was widely accused of this, in it a group of white teen hipsters are seen traveling to a remote indigenous Mexican village in order to "Bring them Christmas joy", there they start giving out Coke bottles to the sad-looking natives and then they build them a Christmas tree made of coke bottles in the middle of the town. Because of the outrage from several groups that advocate for the rights of indigenous people in Mexico the ad was immediately pulled and Coca-Cola issued an apology for it.
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it. Which is ironic, because there ''are'' some Mexican Indians (the Tarahumara people come to mind) who have come to casually (and ''voluntarily'') accept Western culture and act like stereotypical American teenagers - wearing blue jeans and cowboy boots and hats, drinking soda pop or beer, eating ramen noodles, listening to hip-hop, and cracking sex jokes - despite retaining at least a few pre-Columbian customs. Because of RealityIsUnrealistic, Westerners who visit them often [[CondescendingCompassion feel sad]] that so much of their "traditional" culture has been "corrupted."



* The New 52 reintroduction of [[TheFlash Wally West]] has came under fire for this, due to Wally getting a RaceLift to make him half-black, but also being given a highly angst-filled life and making him a troubled delinquent who Barry Allen tries to reach out for and help as a favour to his friend Iris. Wally is almost made completely unrecognizable as his previous self, and the story, with his previous, more fun personality and positive relationship with Barry and the Flash now gone, leading to accusations of racism.

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* The New 52 ComicBook/New52 reintroduction of [[TheFlash [[ComicBook/TheFlash Wally West]] has came under fire for this, due to Wally getting a RaceLift to make him half-black, but also being given a highly angst-filled life and making him a troubled delinquent who Barry Allen tries to reach out for and help as a favour to his friend Iris. Wally is almost made completely unrecognizable as his previous self, and the story, with his previous, more fun personality and positive relationship with Barry and the Flash now gone, leading to accusations of racism.



* The TropeNamer is the 1899 poem [[http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/kipling.html "The White Man's Burden"]] by Creator/RudyardKipling, the gist of which is that it's the responsibility of white Western nations to colonize the rest of the world and rule over it until it fully "develops", i.e. assimilates. The poem actually anticipates the colonized cultures' lack of gratitude for this "service", but portrays it as the cost of doing the right thing. He also states that white cultures have become more advanced by luck, rather than racial superiority. Some critics interpret it as a StealthParody, but overall it's a highly controversial poem.
** Kipling was quite explicitly telling Americans, "It's your turn now, and this is what you're letting yourselves in for. And ''we too'' will be watching and criticizing you!"

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* The TropeNamer is the 1899 poem [[http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/kipling.html "The White Man's Burden"]] by Creator/RudyardKipling, the gist of which is that it's the responsibility of white Western nations to colonize the rest of the world and rule over it until it fully "develops", i.e. assimilates. The poem actually anticipates the colonized cultures' lack of gratitude for this "service", but portrays it as the cost of doing the right thing. He also states that white cultures have become more advanced by luck, rather than racial superiority. Some critics interpret it as a StealthParody, but overall it's a highly controversial poem.
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poem. Kipling was quite explicitly telling Americans, "It's your turn now, and this is what you're letting yourselves in for. And ''we too'' will be watching and criticizing you!"


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* Subverted in ''Sarny''. Ex-slaves Sarny and her friend get taken in by a rich, white woman after UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar. [[spoiler:However it turns out Miss Laura is multiracial and very white passing. She hides her hair under a scarf]].
7th May '16 5:04:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''The Principal'' has Jim Belushi taking on the gangs to clean up an inner-city high school.

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* ''The Principal'' ''Film/ThePrincipal'' has Jim Belushi taking on the gangs to clean up an inner-city high school.
6th May '16 10:41:06 PM BookReaderUSA
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Compare and contrast with MightyWhitey, where a white person joins a foreign culture and soon becomes the most proficient member in it. The main difference is that MightyWhitey characters ''join'' the non-white culture, while White Man's Burden characters pull non-whites ''out'' of the non-white culture. Also compare and contrast with YouAreACreditToYourRace, which is when a white person congratulates a non-white person for their contributions to civilization. The difference is that White Man's Burden characters ''sincerely'' recognize the non-white person's "potential" for civilization ''before'' doing so and ''then'' proceed to cultivate them, while YouAreACreditToYourRace is when the white character ''mockingly'' congratulates the non-white character on realizing their potential for civilization ''after'' the fact. Also contrast with AngryWhiteMan, who resents non-Europeans - and often [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex subconsciously believes himself to be]] ''[[InferioritySuperiorityComplex inferior]]'' [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex to them]] - rather than pitying them. Then there's FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence, which is when the people ''themselves'' are a burden to the white man.

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Compare and contrast with MightyWhitey, where a white person joins a foreign culture and soon becomes the most proficient member in it. The main difference is that MightyWhitey characters ''join'' the non-white culture, culture of color, while White Man's Burden characters pull non-whites a person of color ''out'' of the non-white their native culture. Also compare and contrast with YouAreACreditToYourRace, which is when a white person congratulates a non-white person for their contributions to civilization. The the difference is being that White Man's Burden characters ''sincerely'' recognize the non-white person's person of color's "potential" for civilization ''before'' doing so and ''then'' proceed to cultivate them, while YouAreACreditToYourRace is when the white character ''mockingly'' congratulates the non-white character of color on realizing their potential for civilization ''after'' the fact. Also contrast with AngryWhiteMan, who resents non-Europeans - and often [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex subconsciously believes himself to be]] ''[[InferioritySuperiorityComplex inferior]]'' [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex to them]] - rather than pitying them. Then there's FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence, which is when the people ''themselves'' are a burden to the white man.
22nd Apr '16 7:46:52 AM skybox
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* ''Film/TheHelp'', based on a novel, features Skeeter helping black maids get recognition for their hard work. In the novel, Skeeter´s narration even explicitly says, ¨Being white, I feel it´s my duty to help them.¨

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* ''Film/TheHelp'', based on a novel, features Skeeter helping black maids get recognition for their hard work. In the novel, Skeeter´s Skeeter's narration even explicitly says, ¨Being "Being white, I feel it´s it's my duty to help them.¨"
22nd Apr '16 6:28:02 AM skybox
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* ''Film/TheHelp'', based on a novel, features Skeeter helping black maids get recognition for their hard work.

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* ''Film/TheHelp'', based on a novel, features Skeeter helping black maids get recognition for their hard work. In the novel, Skeeter´s narration even explicitly says, ¨Being white, I feel it´s my duty to help them.¨



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28th Feb '16 9:04:57 AM comicwriter
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* After the controversy about the lack of non-white nominees at the 2016 Academy, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_B0kgSh_5 Super Deluxe]] made a parody trailer for an "Oscar contender" version of ''Film/StraightOuttaCompton'' that changed the film into a White Savior narrative with Jerry Heller as the protagonist.

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* After the controversy about the lack of non-white nominees at the 2016 Academy, Academy Awards, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_B0kgSh_5 Super Deluxe]] made a parody trailer for an "Oscar contender" version of ''Film/StraightOuttaCompton'' that changed the film into a White Savior narrative with Jerry Heller as the protagonist.
28th Feb '16 9:04:30 AM comicwriter
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* After the controversy about the lack of non-white nominees at the 2016 Academy, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_B0kgSh_5 Super Deluxe]] made a parody trailer for an "Oscar contender" version of ''Film/StraightOuttaCompton'' that changed the film into a White Savior narrative with Jerry Heller as the protagonist.
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