What adjectives are used to describe Europeans in "The White Man's Burden" by Rudyard Kipling?

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In this poem, which is widely regarded as delusional and white supremacist, Rudyard Kipling portrays black and brown people as inferior to white people, and white people as superior "big brother" characters. According to Kipling, white folks are selfless and wise people who must carry the burden of taking care of non-white folks around the world. Kipling portrays white people as doing the thankless job of bringing stability and safety to non-white people, whom he describes as "half devil and half child." Non-white folks are portrayed as sub-humans who should be grateful for the presence of white folks in their homelands, but are too belligerent to understand...

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