Who were the white men in the book things fall apart?
The white men were Europeans who had come to colonize and convert the lands of the Igbo to Christianity.
The White Man's Burden is a poem that states the burden put on the white man due to colonizing and their depiction of the colonized peoples. In Things Fall Apart there is colonization of the Ibo community towards the end of the book. The poem is a supplement to the book helping readers further understand the idea of imperialism and colonization.