In "The White Man's Burden" how are imperialized people viewed by the writer?

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Imperialized or colonized people in the Philippines (and elsewhere) are viewed in "The White Man's Burden" as inferior people who need to be taught the benefits of white, European civilization. Kipling in this poem characterizes native peoples as "sullen," childlike, "half devils," and primitive. Their religious beliefs are dismissed as heathenish, and their own culture is seen as having no value.

According to Kipling, the colonized are not grateful for the sacrifices the white man takes on in trying to civilize them. Nevertheless, Kipling urges whites to assume this thankless duty as their "burden." Even if the natives threaten them with terror, the whites should persist in the task of teaching these lesser...

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