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the race card

The act or tactic of introducing the issue of racial discrimination, especially against the race one identifies as, in order to gain an advantage in or dismiss or discredit an argument. Typically used in the phrase "play the race card." There you go playing the race card again. I don't care if you're purple—I still think it's a bad policy! 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, 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.
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).
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.