A false claim of racism used in attempt to win a debate/argument or escape punishment. This is generally used by people who have no legitimate argument or excuse for their actions.

Originally used mainly by individual African Americans for personal reasons, the race card is now commonly played by liberals of all races in an attempt to silence anybody who disagrees with them or opposes their agenda. This is similar to how conservatives used the concept of "patriotism" to silence their critics after 9/11.
1.) After the jury was shown irrefutable evidence of his guilt, the defendant played the race card and said that he was only charged because he was black.

2.) After the Republican embarrassed the Democrat in the debate, the Democrat played the race card and claimed that the Republican was biased against blacks because he wanted to reduce spending on welfare.
by ronhollis August 28, 2011
When a person that isn't white uses their ethnicity as an advantage in the workplace (i.e., getting hired or promotions)
The boss at MegaCorp hired LaTon instead of Mike. Mile had the better résumé, but he was white. LaTon used the "Race Card" during his interview as an unfair advantage.
by TheTwoCentHo December 22, 2009
What some liberals and minorities pull when losing an argument.

For the conservative version, see Personal responsibility card.
"race card"
Both sides need to focus less on cheap tactics and more on earnest dialogue, in my opinion.
by Submitter of Words June 20, 2011
Used by minorities to get what they want even if they did something totally fucked up. However, since our president is now black, the race card is soon to be maxed out.
When Jason got the promotion over his black friend Tyrone because Tyrone would come into work drunk and never did anything, he pulled the race card and is now top-dog
by EmoJesusWins November 03, 2010
Something someone says to get attention and win an argument they know they can't win.
You fired me because I'm Hispanic. Don't pull the race card, I'm firing you because you a 28 year-old human male have thrown an unauthorized party in the office where the police had to break-up said party.

You fired me because I'm White. Don't pull the race card, you defrauded the company and embezzled.

You fired me because I'm Black. No, please no more race cards, I simply fired you because your friend borrowed your company car without authorization from me and he totaled it. It's either I fire you, you work for free, or you quit and get sued.
by railerswim August 20, 2014
The term "Race card" in its essence means that someone would call out racism in order to enhance their situation in a debate or in any situation.

But nowadays, it has become a term used (mostly by white people) to systematically dismiss claims of racism.
Jonas: 2 Chainz claims that Fox news has been historically prejudice against black people.

Tom: Oh that can't be true, he's just playing the race card.
by TheRealness April 22, 2016
It refers to someone exploiting prejudice against another race for political or some other advantage.
The use of the southern strategy by Republican political candidates is said by some to be a version of playing the race card, such as when former Senator Jesse Helms, during his 1990 North Carolina Senate campaign, ran an ad showing a black man taking a white man's job, intended as a criticism of the idea of racial quotas. The ad was interpreted by many people as trying to play to racist fears among white voters.
by morphious June 05, 2013
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