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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

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: "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"
http://detnews.com/menu/stories/18882.htm

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.
http://www.anu.edu.au/polsci/marx/contemp/swuk/sw110395.html

16 Dec 1994
The Nepal Digest
http://library.wustl.edu/~listmgr/tnd/0070.html