Saturday, October 30, 2021

On Kipling’s “Lesser Breeds Without the Law”

In his poem, “Recessional,” Kipling shows his contempt for Africans and Asians by calling them the “lesser breeds without the Law.” In another poem, “The White Man’s Burden,” Kipling glorifies the Europeans with these words: “Take up the White Man’s burden—Send forth the best ye breed.” Why is Kipling being taught in schools and colleges? Why are movies based on his stories being made? Kipling was a notorious defender of colonialism and slavery. He was a racist thinker. His books should be dumped into the dustbin of history. He deserves to be forgotten.

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