"When to Pull the Race Card"

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This past Tuesday, Oct. 19, I attended the Black Student League's general meeting (an organization of which I am a member). The topic of discussion was "When to Pull the Race Card". The "race card" is a term that has been used to question another's actions or words on the basis of race; in other words, the card gets pulled when one feels that a prejudice action has occurred.

 

For instance, one of the examples given at the meeting was police and racial profiling; a situation in which the "race card" should be pulled. The discussion of the "race card's" use and abuse created interesting feedback from the attendees of the meeting. (the videos will be uploaded a.s.a.p)

In the clip below, the "race card" is explained by BSL's public relations representative and IUP senior, Christina Ellis.(recorded by Tiana Reid)

 

 

 

 

 

Further discussion of the "race card" and its use/abuse and a story from BSL Vice President and IUP SeniorChris Harris. (recorded by Tiana Reid)

 

 

What do you think? Is the "race card" still necessary in today's society? Have you ever used the "race card" or had it used against you? And if so, what was the situation? I want to know about your experiences with the "race card" and what you think about it.

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Oh, the race card.
I honestly try not to attribute any negative energy I get to the fact that I am black.
But, living in Indiana county, it's hard to brush off the fact that people judge me, because I'm black.
I don't think I've ever seen as many confederate flags anywhere else except here, and I often get the evil eye.
I actually had a coworker ask if it was hard for me to find a boyfriend, because all the black students she sees comingme into our store "seem like such idiots".
I was highly offended, and I made sure she knew it.

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