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 rΓ©sumΓ©, 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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A reference to poker's "Ace Card" which is "up someone's sleeve". The race card refers to having an unbeatable card in a card game, which, when played, must be either accepted or trumped by an entire hand of cards (see Rodney King).

The reality of the implementation of this term is that a lot of people misuse it in order to gain an advantage that they would not otherwise have. It plays into the idea that there actually are races, and that our differences matter more than our similarities. There is a valid use for this, but it is far overused and this overuse does not actually promote equality, it destroys it. The term "race card" implies that the entire issue is a game of one-upsmanship and that it's just a matter of who gains the upperhand.

The "race card" is in play any time someone uses the issue of race to benefit their position or defend their actions, and is used in such a way to construe that someone is being racist.
Misused by people of color: Juan's got one cracker of a boss, and is getting sick of the boss's crap. Juan's going to go in and demand a raise or quit. But Juan needs the job, so he's going to play the race card to squeeze the raise out of the boss, because Juan knows that they are a certified equal opportunity employer and the boss needs to keep his quota up.

Appropriate use by people of color: Suriah is being accused of stealing her employee keycard from work and is being terminated wrongfully because of it. However, she knows that lots of people who have accidentally taken these keys home, and being that the company is run by rich white people who probably don't really have a clue that they're being racist, and so she's going to take them to court and play the race card.

Inappropriate use by white people: Jim is just sure that his employee, Marcus, is stealing from him. However, Jim is worried that Marcus will play the race card if confronted, and so Jim is going to place hidden cameras in order to see if his suspicions are true... despite the ACLU's warning that it's an invasion of privacy.

Appropriate use by white people: George is prison inmate and believes that the other prisoners are going to give him a hard time (see rape) because he's a white guy that they're placing in a section filled with black racists (see Black Panthers). George is going to play the race card in order to get out of the situation and be placed in a section with other white people.

Final note: the application of humor to this topic is not in any way intended to diminish the serious nature of it. However, the truth of the matter is that far too many people play the race card who don't have to, and this weakens how effective it is in the long run. Keeping a sense of humor about things will help people to realize that we're all in the same boat, and genetics prove us to be human.
by Ray Jenson April 07, 2006
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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.
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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.
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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 03, 2010
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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.
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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 likeο»Ώ 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
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