What did Kipling say in the poem, The White Mans Burden?

What did Kipling say in the poem, The White Mans Burden? What do you think of his message? Is Kipling apologizing for the excesses of imperialism or is he actually offering a defense? How would you reply to Kipling?

Note: Your journal should be reflective. Remember, your journal is meant as a way to help you organize your thoughts about the course and help your faculty member see what you are thinking. The journal is an ideal place to pose questions and integrate the comments from faculty and student colleagues into answers to the fundamental questions in each unit. Your journal is also meant to be useful to you when you write the course papers.