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the race card

The implication or accusation that someone's opinion, position, action, decision, etc., is a produce of prejudice against one's race or ethnicity. 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 "dealing the race card."
See also: card, race

*race card

Cliché the issue of race magnified and injected into a situation which might otherwise be non-racial. (Typically: deal ~; play ~; use ~.) At the last minute, the opposition candidate played the race card and lost the election for himself.
See also: card, race
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Although I hardly agree with everything in it, The Race Card is the book I keep coming back to, after Barack Obama's Philadelphia speech on race and as the "identity politics" pot bubbled over yet again with the Sotomayor nomination.
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 continued to search, this time typing "race, Kobe, white supremacy" in hopes that the race card might be found on the numerous white supremacist sites talking about Kobe.
Wagering by Trackside Louisville patrons on the entire Kentucky Oaks Day race card was $748,740, an increase of 45.
Obama "played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck.
Included in this package is admission, race card, fast-food meal, a pint or soft drink, tote bets and return admission (race card not included).
Some 156 entries have been received for the six race card, with the last race, the Open Maiden race holding 58 entries and likely to be divided on the day.
Items found include a race card from May 23, 1932, stadium attendance records and balance sheets from the 1930s, trainers' records from 1937, various race cards from the 1930s and 40s and black and white pictures form the 1940s and 50s.
WHETHER you choose to dine in one of our fantastic restaurants with stunning views of all the live action-with admission, race card and a mouth-watering meal as standard - or decide to take a trip trackside and get close up to the action, you can be assured of an adrenalin-fuelled night out for all.
Included in this great package is: Admission, race card, pint or soft drink, fast food meal, pounds 1 forecast bet, pounds 1 trio bet, free return admission within two weeks (race card not included).
0 million went to the race card at Pimlico Race Course, a 7.
During the 1990s, former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds played the race card when he was indicted, tried and convicted of sexual-assault charges.
If you fancy an evening with a group of friends or have a special occasion to celebrate like a birthday, why not try the Select Seven package, which includes admission, a race card, one pint or soft drink, one fast-food meal, a free pounds 1 forecast bet and a free pounds 1 trio bet plus free return admission within two weeks (race card not included) so you can enjoy yourselves all over again.
But he was rounded on by critics who accused him of playing thew race card in a bid to win votes in May's local government elections in England and Wales.
Focusing on the relationship between law and communities, this volume critically examines the ways that the incarceration explosion, the disproportionate number of African-Americans in American prisons and various forms of racial profiling (policing motorists, juror narratives, campaigns playing the race card, for instance) concentrate disadvantage and make salient political challenges to prevailing understandings of the relationship between crime, punishment, and governance.