LBJackal wrote:Playing the race card to me, is using race as an excuse when it isn't a factor in something. Bonds gets lambasted by the media - oh it's because he's black. That's playing the race card. I didn't get this job which I'm not qualified for, but a white guy whose more qualified did. You hate me because I'm black. That's playing the race card. Yeah, it gets overused by some people, and yeah blacks and other minorities DO have reason to complain in some situations.
Now, in the examples you listed, how do you know it isn’t racism?
In the job situation, it’s usually the opposite of what you’ve depicted in that a more qualified black applicant is usually passed over for a less qualified white applicant. Often, there are assumptions made that the black candidate was not as qualified. That in and of itself is a faulty assumption.
Keep in mind, it is a fact that black men make 66 cents to the dollar relative to white men for the same job with the same qualifications. So to assume there is a level playing field and everyone is treated fairly from the start is false.
As an aside, I had a college friend (that is black) who went on to Michigan Law. His application was one of the applications cited by the affirmative action lawsuit as an example of affirmative action letting in lesser qualified candidates. For some reason, the plantif’s side assumed that because he was black, his LSATs, undergraduate school, and GPA were lower than the average incoming white student. One of the things that hampered their case was that his, and several others’, qualifications were above the white student average.
But back to your job analogy, I’m wondering where many of my black classmates who complain about this stack up in your view of “race card”. Many graduated in the top half of our class. The school is an Ivy, so even if they are the goat of the class, they are still elite candidates for jobs relative to everyone else. But yet they hear the “race card” thing all the time when they complain about being discriminated against.
My personal view is that it is overused. There are more legitimate complaints about racism in this country than there are bogus individuals looking for a free ride.
Lastly, my biggest problem with the term is that it’s used exclusively by whites. I have never heard a black, Asian, or Latino person use the term. And the black people I’ve discussed it with are very offended by it – even those who are more conservative and less likely to complain about racism.
Again, I do not mean to single anyone out that responds to this sidebar – even though I may be responding to an individual quote. “Race card” is a term that is widely used.
I appreciate everyone’s honesty.