One of Morris's blog posts deals with these questions succinctly. To frame the discussion, he offers the same photograph, but labels each differently:
I had a clear intent when I drew this image -- not to state a fact of proselytization, nor as a declaration of religious piety but as a sharp critique of American history (and by extension European colonialism). The title, White Man's Burden, makes that intent plain. In the communication between artist and viewer, I have led you where I want you to go, and your reaction to the piece is shaped by your own view of American history. You may share my opinion or reject it. You may be indifferent, but I would venture to say your reaction to the drawing shifted, however slightly, with each title change. It's a critical part in the artistic interaction, and it's fascinating.
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