Americans developed the belief of the importance to spread across territories in the manifest destiny (Bloom, 2016). They believed that it was possible to spread freedom by settling across the continent. It was the purpose of God as a majority of the Americans believed to spread across the continents and around the oceans that surrounded the continent. States encouraged individuals to settle in their lands after gaining independence. Brave leaders who had the courage to conquer new territories played a major in ensuring that the people protected new territories and freedoms of the Americans that acquired such lands. President Thomas Jefferson bought the land at Louisiana to ensure that America had control of the New Orleans Port. The US was as a result able to spread from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. The US believed that by acquiring and spreading to new territories I t would be possible to spread democracy across all continent. It used all the available resources including threatening for war to expanding to new territories using its leaders who were already prepared and focused for expansion. Their abilities to conquer territories increased the belief that God supported the expansion strategies.
The United States managed to acquire large territories and to create an environment that enabled businesses to grow and thrive (Mountjoy, 2009). A large number of individuals were displaced...
as the US acquired new territories. The new territories that were large and expansive signaled and showed the power of the US leaders. The US leaders turned out to be strategic negotiators that managed to acquire new territories. In other instances, it led to civil war with groups that were not ready to move out to create space for the new inhabitants. Civil war arose in the state of Kansas as disagreement on how the US would treat the blacks. Whereas some white supported slavery, others were openly against the practice. The state of Kansas was rebellious to the idea that the US was to take control over the territory. The opposition presented in Kansas State and other states show that the different states were opposed to the idea of the manifest destiny. They were willing to struggle and fight to protect their territories but lost to the US which seemed to have massive resources and a large number of trained armies to aid in the expansion processes.
The manifest destiny stand on the basis that whites are superior to the people of other races (Dailey, 2000). As such the rights were likely to make right and moral choices when compared to the blacks. The wrongs committed by the white Americans were viewed as lesser compared to the wrongs that the blacks propagated. They perceive the wrongs the commit against other individuals as justified by the race and advantages they have acquired over time. Ii is evident that for instance, the whites have controlled and colonized other individuals in the past. Individuals from other races appear to be deprived of resources which the whites have gained control over. The whites have held other individuals as property. They
therefore, have gained the belief that they have the capacity and abilities do discriminate against other individuals. It is easier for the whites to decide their destiny and to decide upon the destiny of other races in the society. White Americans can, therefore, create rules and policies that determine their progress and relationships with other races. Other races, on the other hand, have little but to work under the influence and regulations, the whites have designed.
The white man’s burden signifies the willingness of the white man to civilize the rest of the world (Levack, 2013). White men considered themselves as having the required knowledge to enlighten the world. They viewed other races as significantly inferior and therefore considered it their role to improve the thinking and to live off the other people. It is the white man that the rest of the world would come to receive civilization. It was a noble enterprise by the Americans to conquer and subdue the world. It had a burden not make different nations of the world accept its practices as true and acceptable. American’s were to send men out to venture and civilize the world regardless of the associated risks.
White men considered black people more energetic and desirable to the white women. As such they initiated stereotypical measures to subdue the black people. For instance, they argued that Negro men were not only lustful but were also engaged in raping their women (Davis & Rape, 1983). They considered it raped when a black person was found with a white woman and therefore punished them for living with the blacks. Such punishment was made to make the Negros appear inferior to the whites. It was the burden of the white man to ensure that the Negro remained under control.
The white man’s burden led to imperialism as the white man moved to foreign lands to colonize new nations (Kazin, Edwards & Rothman, 2011). The white man took with him his traditions that are practiced in different regions of the world. He colonized many nations spreading his economic, political and social ideologies which to a large extent played a role in the process of civilization. Most of the political structures and ideologies the Africans in the modern world are as a result of the white man’s burden which including bring civilization and democracy to different countries. The process of colonization, from the white man’s burden perspective, is seen to have both positive and negative implications to the societies that were placed under the colonization processes.
It has led to increased levels of racial discrimination as the white man views other races as inferior to his race. The white man, for instance, thinks he deserves praise for taking the burden of civilizing large sections of the world. He is the source of a large number of technological advancement that enables him to control the world. The white people as the poem by Rudyard King notes continue to show pride as they display their power in might. He has advanced new ways of colonizing and conquering the world through political and economic philosophies. For instance, the white man’s