Posted by Bruce Kahl on August 08, 2001
In Reply to: Re: Mighty white of you posted by ESC on August 08, 2001
: : Does anyone know the origin?
: I would guess the Old South. "Mighty white of you" referring to the perceived superiority of the white race over others. Another phrase along that line -- "free, white and 21." Meaning someone with the freedom to do anything he or she wants.
Late night TV surfing brought me to an old Western movie a while back and I heard the phrase--"Why that's mighty white of you mister"--. Ouch!