How does Kipling depict the native populations of colonized areas in "The White Man's Burden"?

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Kipling depicts the natives of the Philippines, a territory the United States had just acquired, as childlike and simple people. He also calls them "half devil." In his telling, they are inferior to the whites who are taking stewardship of their lands. Although badly in need, in Kipling's opinion, of white guidance, the natives are characterized by Kipling as "sullen" and prone to violence. They do not appreciate the sacrifices or "burden" that whites are taking on in coming to their country to bestow upon them the benefits of white civilization and white religion.

This poem is a textbook example of the kind of literature that tells the story of colonization...

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