Most of Absalom, Absalom! is set in and around the American Civil War, so it's no wonder there's a lot of talk about race. Mostly, it seems to be an issue for Sutpen: it's the wrench in his otherwise flawless plan. As a child, Sutpen is unaware of racial hierarchies, but he quickly learns about inferiority and adopts a radical interpretation for himself. Brace yourself for a whole lot of racism in this one.
The novel presents many combinations of race, from black to white and everything between. But there's one thing that's glaringly missing: no one with black blood gets to tell their own version of events. What's this all about? How would it change the story if we got to hear from Charles Bon or Clytie, for example?
Charles Bon never reflects on his race, which is strange because everyone else is obsessed with it.
William Faulkner is a racist, no questions asked.