the race card

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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Ghahramans decision to play the race card in response is a cheap ploy designed to escape the responsibility of presenting evidence and making well-reasoned arguments.
Duyck answered, "If you can play the race card, I guess I can't win.
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.
Ray Liotta is suitably slimy as a Green Card approval officer and Jim Sturgess brings up the rear as a non-practising Jew who is trying to play the race card to find work.
But the book that has most changed my thinking about both law and politics in recent years is Richard Thompson Ford's The Race Card.
I FIND it sad that Mr Berman felt he had to use the race card in response to my letter about Cardiff being destroyed (Viewpoints, February 28).
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.
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.
Despite the race card's advice - "one to watch rather than back" - Mr Turner placed a sum on his horse at odds of 99.5-1.
Simpson case nine years before, the Kobe case has brought back memories of the race card. Given the widespread belief in colorblindness within contemporary America, the race card refers to those efforts to add race into a supposedly race-neutral situation.
* Dave Chappelle's How to Play the Race Card and Win!, the incomparable comedian's take on race in America, to Mark Chait at Hyperion, in a half-million-dollar-plus deal, by David Vigliano and Michael Harriot at Vigliano Associates.
Sabina of "playing the race card," according to the Tribune.
Rivers plays the race card." Land concluded that "bigots come in all stripes and all colors and all professions."
William Hague's decision to play the race card in his speech to the Centre for Policy Studies last week was both misjudged and misguided.
While some in the industry have pulled the race card as a motive for the SEC turning over its investigation to the Justice Department, the SEC denies those claims.