play the race card

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play the (something) card

To bring up a particular, typically contentious issue or idea in order to gain an advantage, as in an argument or political agenda. Playing the race card like that doesn't change the truth about the topic at hand. He always plays the Jewish card whenever he feels like someone is attacking him.
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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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Since he bravely exposed his experience of racism during the Labour leadership campaign, he's been accused of attention seeking, playing the race card and bringing the party into disrepute.
They were playing the race card and, in the case of UKIP, a disgraceful advertisement showing a queue of refugees.
Raising his voice, Dale said: "Here we go, here we go, playing the race card, playing the race card.
Bill Cosby is playing the race card in the rape and sex abuse allegations against him.
and said that in honour of King and all those who are committed to ending racial divide, there should be no more playing the race card, Politico reported.
Playing the race card, they totally ignored the fact that this route also went through the predominantly white area of Hall Green/Shirley.
But, as well as the perceived lack of progress in tackling abuse, some players are frustrated at the lack of a climate within which they can report taunts without being accused of playing the race card.
In both countries there would appear to be an ethnic identity voting pattern, this is currently expressing itself in America by the opposition to President Obama, on the grounds that some of the redneck electorate are playing the race card, and saying that it is not right to have a Black man in the White House.
A CITY councillor has been accused of playing the race card after he compared plans to close a primary to make way for a Welsh-medium school as a form of "ethnic cleansing".
This notion that somehow I was playing the race card is ridiculous.
In an agreed statement Mr Scott said: "I am happy to make clear that my letter was never intended to accuse Mr Malik of orchestrating gangs of thugs or playing the race card.
For this, Clinton, designated by Toni Morrison as "our first black president," was charged with playing the race card.
BERNARD HOPKINS has once again risked playing the race card ahead of Saturday night's showdown with Joe Calzaghe by insisting the Welshman is only regarded as great because he is white.
Even before the polls closed in South Carolina on Saturday, the former President was diminishing Barack Obama's victory and trying to boost his wife in the next primaries by playing the race card.
Most British people rightly detest bigotry, but we dislike idiots playing the race card to cover up their own inadequacies just as much.