Due to the setting and time period, it is evident that race is still a big deal in the South. The way that the Burden family was treated and is looked it is proof alone, but also the fact that Brown's accusation of Christmas is only really considered true when the state of Christmas's blood is brought into consideration shows what an impact race has on this story. It is pretty clear that Brown is making up details when he is giving his story for the reward, but as soon as he says Christmas is part black nothing else really matters. The color of his skin automatically makes him more of a suspect. The way that Hightower's cook was scared off and dirty rumors were spread about them. The way black people react to Christmas walking through their part of town. The demeaning and hurtful names used for black people by the townspeople. The KKK treated Hightower. All of these instances are examples of how in the South, not a whole had changed even way after the Civil War. I think Faulkner is definately trying to display an aspect of southern culture here that is very true to how it was in real life. Are there any other cultural connections that can be linked to true fact?