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A professor, a comedian, and an artist break down their interpretation “race card."

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Race Card


the issue of a person's race as it relates to a particular contest (such as a political campaign or a court trial) —often used in the phrase play the race card

One phrase. Many interpretations.  

What exactly does it mean to play a “race card?” Explore this question from unique and differing points of view.

What I Hear When You Say

Microaggressions Begin At Birth

Aired: 2017-03-16 0:52 Rating: NR

Professor Derald Wing Sue analyzes race and gender based microaggressions.

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What do you hear when people use the phrase "race card?" What kinds of microaggressions have you ever witnessed, if at all? Use the hashtag #WhatIHearPBS to share your thoughts.

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