In "The White Man's Burden," what assumption does Kipling make about non-whites?

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In "The White Man's Burden," Kipling writes under the unquestioned assumption that whites are superior to darker-skinned native people, a group he characterizes as a mixture of "devil" and "child." Because of their superiority, Kipling implies, whites carry the "burden" of educating and civilizing these supposedly lesser human beings. Kipling also notes that although the natives are being given what is, in his opinion, the great gift of the white's man's sacrifice in bringing them a higher level of civilization, they are surly and ungrateful. This lack of appreciation for what the whites are doing for the natives is yet another burden the long-suffering imperialists must bear.

As can be seen, Kipling shows no appreciation for the fact that the native peoples might resent their...

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