I'm talking about how the dynamics of the gameplay could possibly play out and how those dynamics could be perceived, one way or the other, by some viewers, et al. Yes, I said in a previous post...."Anyhow, this is the way I see it"....it being the gameplay and the potential perception of some of the viewing public. Saying "...this is the way I see it" does not mean I am perceiving this as race against race. I'm talking about a bigger picture.
As an example....say Nathan, Rebecca and Sekou form an alliance.....and Becky, Brad and Cao Boi form another alliance. Fine.....for the first 7-9 days until they merge into two tribes, (which I predict will occur in episode 3, prior to the 3rd Tribal Council). So say those two tribes are merged as one and then Sekou decides "hmmmm I really like Cao Boi and Becky and could go far with them" and breaks from his original alliance to form a new one with Cao Boi and Becky. One example of people seeing others not for what they are, but who they are. This is just one example, but if there are enough breakdowns of other alliances, and consequently the mixing of races by alliances, then it becomes no question a competition of people...just like any other Survivor that we know and love. Any ammunition for those that want to try to make it otherwise is gone.
However, if initial alliances (such as the two hypothetical ones above) hold true, then a perception of race against race is possible, and continued discussions to that end is probable.
As I said in an earlier post....It'll be interesting to see how the 4 tribes are merged into 2 and whether or not alliances are forced apart by virtue of the merge itself, or if any alliances are broken by virtue of player(s) decision(s) to do so of their own volition.
(FWIW.....my understanding of the meaning of the word "perception" is ...."a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something". - New Oxford Dictionary of English, 1998. How one interprets something doesn't necessarily mean that it is factual or that they believe it, IMO.)
So, to summarize AlyCat, yes that's what I'm getting at. Just lookin' at the big picture of the gameplay and potential consequences. The first merge to two tribes will be a big key event in this season, IMO.