In “The White Man’s Burden,” the late British author and poet Rudyard Kipling does not so much elaborate on the effects of European colonialism on captive peoples as he does exhort the United States to join in on colonialism. Kipling’s poem can be interpreted as containing some degree of an indictment of European imperialism. That the poem is an indictment of European imperialism at all, however, is probably its irony. Everything that is known about Kipling points in the direction of “The White Man’s Burden” being a serious call to the United States to engage in the same practices as its former colonial master.
In instructing the world’s new emerging power, the United States, to “take up the White Man’s burden,” Kipling is advancing the most racist, condescending perception of non-European peoples imaginable:
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half-devil and half-child
Throughout the poem, the author continues to reference captive peoples in derogatory terms while...
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