In a system of oppression and inequality, the group with the most social, economic, and political power projects itself as the unmarked norm, the moral, the civilized and even as the “human.” Correspondingly, other groups are stamped with some essence (more or less) that marks them as different, “savage,” deviant, freakish, inferior, and “other.” In the United States, this projection has affirmed for some that only a straight, cisgender, Christian and tall White man is right for the presidency. When Hillary Clinton ran for office, Donald Trump accused her of playing “the woman card,” just as detractors accused Barack Obama of playing a “race card.” These “card” charges intend to deny the reality of racial and gender-based discrimination and discredit candidates by making it seem as if they hold no qualifications other than their marked identity. “Card” charges claim the victim position for the dominant group, while denying the reality that this group has long been playing their own group identity card in a way to position themselves as holding all the cards and keeping their secure seat at the head of the table. 


The Divided States of America
Cards and Canards
Who Is "America"? Whose "America" Is It?
Racism & Xenophobia
Immigrant Detentions and Contentions
Man Up
MeToo Movements
Misogyny and Misogynoir
Threats of Harm & Electoral Violence
Bullying, Shaming, and Lying
Pandemic Politics
Unmasked Meanings
God on Our Side
Gun Battles
Black Lives Matter
Pop Archetypes
Fake News, Troll Tidings
Disinformation and Conspiracy "Theories"
Talking Back to the Cap
Making and Remaking America
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Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Florida Atlantic University

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