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Play the race card

Posted by Paul Guthrie on August 31, 2000

In Reply to: Play the race card posted by Tom Wharton on August 31, 2000

: "Play the race card" has been variously identified as a recent invention and as a coinage of the 1960s. Does anyone have a citation earlier than 1996?

Here's a few "race card" references I found on the web pre 1996, but nothing from 60's.

October 4, 1995
from the 'Detroit News'
"Race card was overplayed, Shapiro says"

11th March 1995
from the Socialist Worker No. 1433
Tories are prepared to use the race card if they think they can gain from it.

16 Dec 1994
The Nepal Digest