Upon publication, “The White Man’s Burden,” was a colonialist manifesto, a hatefully self-righteous poem by Rudyard Kipling asserting Caucasian dominance in the late 1800’s. But these days, Chinese artist Wang Pengjie is having those bigoted couplets scrawled across his face, with one of the worst lines of all— “Go send your sons to exile/ To serve your captives’ need”— is smeared along his chin. But Wang doesn’t mind. That’s because the man writing those words is his friend and fellow artist Julian Tolhurst, who has a much different intention than the author who first penned those narrow minded lines.


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