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Racism In 'The White Man's Burden'

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In the cartoon, John Bull and Uncle Sam, who represent Britain and America respectively, are portrayed to climb the mountain with carrying the burden of people from the colonised territories of Britain (China, India, Egypt, and Soudan) and America (Filipino, Porto Rico, Cuba, Samoa, and Hawaii), which definitively illustrates Kipling’s poem titled “The White Man’s Burden”. We can see the contradictory facial expression between these two white carriers, who must suffer the ponderousness of the journey, and the people inside the burden, who appear to be very jubilant and partly to gloat over the carriers below them. This contrast also opposes to the conventional racism against non-white, non-Western, and non-Christian people. These rocks of the mountain are also carved with different words which are supposed to characterise the white-privilege class of British and American society in 19th century, such as “barbarism”, “ignorance”, “oppression”, “brutality”, ...

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