Why is the poem "The White Man's Burden" highly criticized?

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Kipling's highly controversial poem was published in 1899, shortly after the United States defeated Spain in the Spanish-American War. When the United States defeated Spain, the Philippine archipelago was one of the Spanish territories that the US gained. In his poem, Kipling urges Americans to colonize the Philippines and establish an imperial regime, similar to the British Empire. Kipling's poem has been highly criticized for its racial prejudice, the insensitive, disparaging portrayal of indigenous people, and its promotion of the exploitative imperialist system.

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