The question: “Is race a factor in ____________?” To be topical, we could put “your presidential vote” in the blank, but anything else works. This question contains an assumption: Somehow in a society full of raced bodies and racism of various types, it is somehow possible in certain for race not to matter. That in a place like the U.S. that abounds in racialized images (positive or negative), that strains under continued violent racial oppression (against poverty or chains or guilty consciences), somehow race can be excised from certain equations. I’m not convinced.
A highly unscientific survey of internet discourse via Google indicates that race is a factor in more than twice as many instances as when it is not.
Does a certain choice indicate that race is not a factor? For instance, a white person (perhaps an Iowan) voting for a black candidate — does that indicate an absence of the Race Factor. Doubtful. But of course the connotation of “factor” so easily oozes into “liability,” especially when talking about “race,” whose connotation so easily slips into “nonwhite.”
Disturbingly, the first result of the last search comes from this statement:
Once again, race as liability. But can we imagine race being a factor in interactions exclusively between whites?