Is "playing the race card", meaning here trying to make people who criticize someone who happens to belong to a minority race feel guilty or devalue the criticism even if justified, becoming a problem?
*guy robs a bank*
Clerk: "I'll shoot you !
Guy turns around, is black. " why you gonna be racist like that?
It's a way for people to complain when they have nothing else to complain about.
It is in my life, at least. I'm the only white employee in my department and received a promotion over a coworker back in August. She's been harassing HR about it claiming racism. (Our boss is black! So is our HR rep!)
And three of my coworkers have started this light skinned vs dark skinned thing. If one of the "light skinned" employees gets something they don't, it's because they're "blacker" or some shit. It's mind blowingly ridiculous.
I have the impression it sometimes is. If I criticize someone who happens to be black, I occasionally am called a racist even if I don't give a damn about his race. It can be abused as a cheap shot to deflect and depreciate criticism.
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