Those Old Simple Phrases

Typical scenario on any Saturday morning in the South, outside the urban jungle: you walk into the local hardware store to pick up some new drill bits. At the counter, you pull out your wallet to pay and unwittingly drop a $20 bill on the floor. The guy behind you picks it up, hands it to you, and says, “You might need this later.” Your response, “Thank you, bud, that’s MIGHTY WHITE OF YOU.”

Southern colloquialisms are steeped in tradition, and that tradition is linked to the innate sense of honor, duty and love of community that Southern men possess. This old saying in particular is an affirmation to your neighbor that you recognize and appreciate his demonstration of honesty and courtesy.

What is the origin of this phrase? Let’s have a look at what the internet says.

According to Wikipedia, this phrase parallels a common British saying, “Play the white man.” The exact origins of these two phrases are obscure, but Wikipedia posits that the soldiers of the British Empire, in their dealings with foreign subjects, created the term in recognition of the cultural difference between white men and the brown people who lived in the far flung reaches of the empire.

It is an acknowledgment of the genteel nature of Europeans, and the sense of dignity and forthrightness that our culture of chivalry has instilled.

But isn’t it RAYCISS?? Yeah, probably. So?

If it’s truthful it is truthful. There’s no two other ways about it. These kinds of subtle nods to our neighbors, these tribal customs, are what bind us as a people, a community and as a nation. We should not allow ourselves to be so shamed by political correctness that we can’t even recognize these racial truths. White men ARE more honest and more dignified than any other race. Never forget that.

Don’t let them take this from you, white man.

Oh, I'm a good old Rebel, now that's just what I am;
For this "Fair Land of Freedom" I do not give a damn!
I'm glad I fit against it, I only wish we'd won,
And I don't want no pardon for anything I done.