Like gender, race informs much of Sula, and we get subtle and not-so-subtle reminders that race determines much about a person's opportunities and access to basic needs. Many of the characters who face racism and discrimination are understandably angry. But race also binds communities together and creates a shared sense of identity, culture, and tradition.
We cannot separate race from gender in Sula; they influence each other in profound ways.
The characters in Sula are more defined by their race than by their gender.