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Mark Fuhrman, Murder in Brentwood p.153.

The defense played the race card, but Ito let them.

Additional definitions for 'play the race card':

play the race cardDonald A. Carson, Love in Hard Places p.94.
play the race cardTo assert that race or racism is responsible for a course of events, especially when race is not of particular significance to the issue in question; to attempt to inspire a particular reaction by raising the issue of race.
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