The act of using individual example(s) of bad behavior to demonize an entire race or ethnic group and in order to gain the support of racists and/or bigots, most often in the context of politics and stoking racial hatred of minorities for political gain.
Implying that a violent criminal like Willie Horton is representative of most Black men is just race-baiting. You can't demonize an entire race based on the crimes of one individual!
by Kerfufflatory March 2, 2021
The act of intentionally encouraging racism or anger about issues relating to race, often to get a political advantage.
He accused his opponent's campaign of race-baiting in saying the tax cut will not help minority families.
by Julesann123 March 20, 2020
Attempting to cloud logic and facts by appealing to emotion through false accusations of racial discrimination. A favorite spin tactic of politicians used to manipulate people of low intelligence.
Obama's rhetoric concerning the Zimmerman case was blatant race-baiting and an obvious attempt to divert public attention from the scandals of his administration.
by Who is John Gault July 21, 2013
1. Baiting a racial group;

2. Baiting people, using racially-inflammatory issues or stereotypes.

Note: Some people consider making accusations of racism where there are likely none to be race-baiting. This is tricky because it hinges on the viewpoint of the person who is judging whether or not racism is involved. It is possible to underestimate the possibility of racism. Thus some people say people are using the race card when they are legitimately concerned that racism is a factor. Using the race-card in and of itself is not race-baiting. Using the race-card in order to bait people is race-baiting.

Is action against racism race-baiting if it's done in order to increase political action? I don't think so.
He was so irrationally intolerant of those unlike himself that he frequently burst out in race-baiting tirades, hoping to get into arguments with those he considered ethnically lower.
by Awed2 July 13, 2011
A spin technique used by news channels such as the CNN and politicians where they elicit an emotional response rather than logic to manipulate feeble minded individuals.
Media: White people are to blame for spreading coronavirus.

Also media: White people have taken the vaccine more than any other ethnic population.

Wow, Race-baiting much?.....
by Rotten Turkey July 2, 2021
A term used by white people to dismiss criticism and objection to racist policies or racial discrimination; attempting to discrediting the critic as a person inciting racial tension when none (supposedly) actually exists. Functionally equivalent to a Red Herring designed to distract the audience from the real issue (IE pre-existing racial tension).

Essentially, use of the phrase indicates a desire to stop discussions of racial tension. Probably because they make white people feel really uncomfortable.
"Why is it cops harass black people so much more than white people?"

"Stop trying to rile people up! You're just Race Baiting!"
by CommandoDude December 1, 2014
To be under the influence of the behavior and mentality of Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton.
I am so tired of these black activists out there always trying to be race baiting on white police officers.
by Zero2infinity November 23, 2018