In Rudyard Kipling's poem "The White Man’s Burden," he urges Americans to accept the duty of civilizing and colonizing the Philippines in the same way previous European nations exercised their imperialist agenda across the world. Kipling immediately establishes white Europeans as a superior race in the first stanza of the poem. He capitalizes "White Man" and uses the word "breed," which at the time was considered a scientifically accurate way to classify humans based on racial superiority. Kipling then encourages Americans to send their most elite white sons to take on the responsibility of civilizing the savage natives. Kipling goes on to portray white men as significantly more intelligent than their “captives” by reminding them to speak slowly so that the natives can understand their words. White men are also considered powerful, stalwart individuals who can prevent feminine, defeat the natives in battle, and build a civilized society. In contrast, the natives are considered "sullen," sinful, and incompetent. Given the fact they receive no rewards for their efforts, white Europeans are also portrayed as benevolent, gracious, and selfless. Overall, Kipling's racist poem portrays white Europeans as intelligent, courageous, altruistic individuals, who have been given the enormous responsibility of civilizing ungrateful savages.