play the race card

play the race card

To dismiss or discredit an opinion, argument, position, action, decision, etc., as being the product of prejudice against one's race. The candidate played the race card as an explanation for why her polls were much lower recently, claiming that the media has been giving her less visibility than her white opponents simply because she is African American. I hate it when casual racists try to brush off legitimate criticism by claiming that you're just "playing the race card."
See also: card, play, race
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UKIP is still generating headlines, not least at its manifesto launch where ethnic minority members jeered a journalist for trying to play the race card against the party.
au, Arthur, who is seeking a four million-dollar payout or reinstatement after being axed from the side last month despite two years of his contract remaining, has been painted as a dirt-dishing, money-hungry figure prepared to play the race card to obtain massive compensation.
Unfortunately, as coaches we take the brunt of any grievance and have to gently deliver a reality check but I think it rather despicable for these parents to play the race card for not picking their son, instead of accepting that he may not have the same ability as others in the team, and move him to another team.
Mr Millar said: "It's a disgrace to play the race card from an organisation like this that should know better.
He couldn't divulge details but revealed the Brit had 'made peace' over the 'Ali G' jibe, which to many was seen as attempt by Hamilton to play the race card.
Stanford law professor Richard Thompson Ford's book The Race Card: How Bluffing about Bias Makes Race Relations Worse decries those who play the race card by claiming race discrimination when it may not really be involved.
It is disturbing that any candidate in 2008 would play the race card.
Finally to play the race card is, in my opinion, a very cheap shot, especially as Mr Ahmed said: "I don't know if there was a racial aspect as well.
Democrats never miss an opportunity to play the race card against Republicans and even black conservatives like Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas who dare to dissent from liberal orthodoxy.
Hughes not only lied and misled us, she played right into the hands of the Tory party who love to play the race card and put Labour in the firing line B.
At the moment if anybody dares mention issues such as asylum,people immediately play the race card thus stifling all reasoned debate in one fell swoop and decrying freedom of speech in the process.
We do not want to play the race card in any way whatsoever.
THE decision by Lord Taylor of Warwick to play the race card in his bid to become the first black chairman of the BBC is understandable.
Tories slumping in the polls will be tempted to revert to style and play the race card - it's in the Nasty Party's DNA.