"...Entire culture, lost in the overthrow
They came to seize and take whatever they please
Then all they gave back was death and disease...
My people's culture was strong, it was pure
And if not for that white greed
It would've endured...
Ya cram ya culture down my throat
Say I'm inferior when I find that I choke..."
Rage Against The Machine ~
Darkness ( Of Greed )
up the White Man's burden--
Send forth the best ye breed--
Go, bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives' need;
To wait, in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild--
Your new-caught sullen peoples,
Half devil and half child..."
Rudyard Kipling - McClure's
Magazine 12 (Feb. 1899).
"In February 1899, British novelist and
poet Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem entitled "The White Man's Burden: The
States and The Philippine Islands." In this poem, Kipling urged the U.S. to take up the "burden" of empire, as had Britain and other European nations. Published in the
February, 1899 issue of McClure's Magazine, the poem coincided with the
beginning of the Philippine-American War and U.S. Senate ratification of the
treaty that placed Puerto Rico, Guam, Cuba, and the Philippines under American control. Theodore Roosevelt, soon to
become vice-president and then president, copied the poem and sent it to his
friend, Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, commenting that it was "rather poor
poetry, but good sense from the expansion point of view." Not everyone was
as favorably impressed as Roosevelt. The racialized notion of the "White Man's
burden" became a euphemism for imperialism, and many anti-imperialists
couched their opposition in reaction to the phrase."
"The White Man's
Burden": Kipling's Hymn to U.S. Imperialism - History Matters / The U.S. Survey Course on the Web
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