Calling someone racist, even if they aren't, just to get away with something.
Jalen played the RACE CARD and all the charges were dropped.
by Anonymous September 8, 2003
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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
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Using your own, or someone else's race to intimidate others into letting someone get away with something inherently bad.
Some Dude: You know, I think those four black people who tortured that Trump supported should be on the death sent---
Some other guy: RACIST!!!!!
Some Dude: Alright man!! Just... calm the effing hell down!
The Inexplicable Third Person: Don't lower your defenses man. He's playin' a race card
by Argeuahble January 18, 2017
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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
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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 3, 2010
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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 5, 2013
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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.
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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
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