There was a time in America when "white" was not used in a sentence as a racial term. Back in those days (1940s), the phrase "mighty white of you" meant "mighty good/nice of you."
My wife's hometown in the south used to fly a banner saying "The blackest land...the whitest people." That banner originally meant that the local farmland was very good for growing and the people were the nicest you would ever meet.
Of course, as the years passed, black and white became very different meanings in our country and, now, political correctness has made the use of either as racially motivated.
Classic films like this are about the only place you can still find examples of language used in an entirely different way.
"A friend will help you move. A good friend will help you move a body."
I knew that is what it meant. And as for political correctness I see it as being sensitive to other people's feelings and I rfeally don't see anything wrong with that. Being Jewish I have always resented the use of the phrase "Jew him down". Just like Mighty White of YA. In point of fact it is the Mighty White people(mostly British) who have caused most of the problems that we face today.
When you buy a dog you buy a small tragedy.
In point of fact it is the Mighty White people(mostly British) who have caused most of the problems that we face today.
I love it when when people make sweeping, racist generalisations when complaining about racism.
Jews are impeccable I take it? Bernie Madoff and his ilk haven't caused any problems?
"White people(mostly British) who have caused most of the problems that we face today."
Well, Pimpernel, I know exactly where your wife is from because I live in the next town! Small world.