The definition of pulling the black card is when a black person uses their race as a crutch in a seemingly unrelated conversation. So, if a black person is constantly chewing their gum obnoxiously loud, I mean like a straight up cow, and is addressed about it, pulling the black card would be them saying that it is because they are black; not at all because they are chewing their gum like it is trying to escape their mouth.
In that example, the person is pulling the black card. They are using their race’s status to rationalize their behavior. I think that is pretty shitty and discredits times that race actually does negatively effect us.
However, black people are not pulling the black card when situations arise that actually are caused by race. Statistics prove that black people are discriminated against in ways that most other folk wouldn’t even think about. So, in your eyes, it looks like they are pulling the black card because it is sounds completely absurd that a person would be denied a job, an apartment, or followed around a store solely based on the stereotypes associated with their skin color.
The next time you think someone may be pulling the black card, really sit back and evaluate what is going on. Are there other people that aren’t black with the same behavior but receiving different results? You might find that your friend, family member, or coworker has a legitimate reason to be bringing up race.
Consider this; have you ever pulled the white privilege card? The race is just a skin color that has no bearing on how anyone is treated as this is a post racist society where everyone is treated the same therefore saying that you were pulled over because you are a black person driving around in a mostly white neighborhood because of your race is really just you not wanting to take responsibility for driving 35 mph in a 30 mph area card.
Look, there are people that are really f*cking up out there and blame their blackness for the shitty situations they are constantly finding themselves in. There are also people that pull the white privilege card because the idea that race may be a reason for crappy, unfair treatment is just too uncomfortable to bear. I think it is important that we try not to do either because both are pretentious and make us look like assholes.