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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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In this election David Cameron effectively played the race card, setting out to make Carlisle people nervous of the threat from the North.
The ANC has played the race card heavily in attacking the DA and Zille, who is white, saying it is the party of apartheid.
T'S no surprise David Cameron played the race card.
Rick Davis, who is McCain's campaign manager, said: `Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck.
I think they played the race card on me," he told a Philadelphia radio station last week.
Mann told reporters, "I never, ever played the race card.
During the 1990s, former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds played the race card when he was indicted, tried and convicted of sexual-assault charges.
TORY leader Michael Howard last night played the race card by warning that immigration would be at the heart of his party's election campaign.
In response, Clinton and company played the race card, suggesting that Republicans were bigots for pointing out that the Democrats had been unusually chummy with various Asian-American communities and Asian business interests in the 1996 election cycle.
Passing sentence on Donalds, Judge Coates said: "I find that you have dishonestly played the race card in your own defence in the hope that it will mitigate the inevitable prison sentence.
But Chancellor Gordon Brown denied Labour had played the race card.
Who spent his life opposing a regime which played the race card to keep a people in chains?
com) immediately questioned why Gumbel, who is black, had played the race card.
The agricultural sector in Zimbabwe, which typically kicks off surplus food, was decimated when President Robert Mugabe, facing a difficult election, played the race card and redistributed white-owned farms to blacks.
But there has been a small band of people in Ireland who have played the race card against refugees.