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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 white people made up so that when they say something that is racially offensive they can turn it around on you and make it seem like you're being over sensitive.
Kevin(Asian): Well, I have to go guys.
Jake(white): Go where? To to eat some sushi and noodles?
Kevin: Ouch, that was kind of racist.
Jake: Oh, shut up and stop trying to play the race card.
Cassie(black): Hey Becky, I'm having a cookout this weekend. You should come.
Becky(white): What's on the menu?
Cassie: you know just regular cookout food.
Becky: Well, I'm allergic to watermelon so no thanks.
Cassie: What would make you think I would be having watermelon? Because I'm black?
Becky: Here we go with the race card again.
by xTheBestx February 25, 2011
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
A list of runners and riders, the weight they carry and the distance and conditions of a horse race.
Chinaski studied his race card, it was a $8000 claimer for fillies and mares of three years old and upwards, over six furlongs. Randy Rita was paying five to one.
"I'll take that any day", he thought.
by mustapha hamshandi April 04, 2007