Questions of race and black versus white are littered throughout the stranger. We run into these questions with situations like Mr. Hightower's maid, Joe Brown accusing Christmas of murder and Christmas' self exploration in Freedman Town. Undoubtably, Faulkner is attempting to make a statement here regarding race in Southern Society, however it is difficult to determine what ideas comprise his statement.
Faulkner's ideas about race have led me one way and then another, as if he was tricking me into believing one thing only to pull the rug out from under me at the last second. He designs the small Southern town of Jefferson which consists of a racist public. It shows through Joe Brown's charge of Christmas as the murderer, that the towns perception of race becomes law because as soon as Brown mentions Christmas' mixed background the sheriff releases his thoughts of Brown being guilty and redirects them upon Christmas. This would normally result in the thought that the town is simply wrong and racist and that they have falsely accused Christmas; however, later on, the story shows Christmas' perspective on parts of the story. This section of the book really seems to show Christmas as guilty and is a profound twist plot. If the town is wrong to accuse him, yet he actually committed the crime, what is the correct course of action?