Despite Its Optics, An Idaho College Town Remains A Complicated Place For People Of Color

“When my husband and I were offered jobs at the University of Idaho, when we got to Moscow,” Stevens said, “one of the things that we were told by many white professors really quickly was, ‘This is such a nice town. It’s such a beautiful place to raise a family. It’s so safe here. Everybody’s really friendly.’ And when we talked to our Native colleagues, it was a very different story. It was, ‘Shut the door. You need to know where you are.’”

Stevens and her husband Philip are professors. She is white, he is a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. In 2019, they were among multiple Moscow households that found racist postcards on their doorstep.

Today, Stevens does not want her family members of color to go out alone.

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