To some minds, a Southern accent is a tip-off of potential racial hostility. Don’t tell that to native North Carolinian Tony Stewart. He will tell you that the closer you are to the challenges of prejudice, the clearer it is that it’s wrong. Still, the soft-spoken political science professor – who steps down today after 38 years on the North Idaho College faculty – is a walking paradox. The quiet Southern gentility that marks his personality, for one thing, seems out of place alongside the personal courage that enabled him to denounce acts of racism as a boy in North Carolina and, later, to defy death threats as a human rights activist in the center of North Idaho’s Aryan Nations infestation/Spokesman-Review. More here
DFO: I’m going to leave you for awhile to attend Tony Stewart’s retirement announcement at North Idaho College at 1 o’clock. I talked to him earlier this morning. He plans to make 6 recommendations for NIC. It could be interesting.