You know what, Tony Stewart's blatant negligence may have just saved him from being labeled a racist. Don't get me wrong, as the biggest douchebag in an occupation that basically celebrates it's overwhelming whiteness under the guise of "patriotism", he's still very likely a racist. I just don't think we can officially tag him as such after he used the most common joke made at the expense of a racist as his point of contention against being racist. We are talking about a guy that has done and said no shortage of stupid shit. He's got the filter of every teenage girl's Instagram picture of the sunset. Somehow that works in his favor here because no there's no possible way that someone that loose-lipped could have a microphone put in their face that often and avoid saying something inherently racist if he truly was racist.
If Tony Stewart really was a racist do you think he would have made it through an entire well traveled career in NASCAR without someone using "let me guess, you have a black friend?" towards him? He certainly would have heard that one before if he was constantly on the defense after making discriminatory statements. All the racial unrest that has been simmering in this country and the trigger for his prejudice was a quarterback not standing up for the National Anthem? Nah, I'm not buying it.
That's why I almost have to believe that Tony Stewart appearing prejudice is merely a product of the circumstances. If it wasn't then he surely would ran into some one along the way that would tell him that "I lived with a black guy for 5 years" isn't an acceptable response to an accusation of bigotry. Hell, if Tony Stewart's African American roommate thought he was the type of person that was going to use their experience under the same roof as a way to justify his intolerance than he surely would have given him the heads up that that would only make him look more guilty of it. So let's just treat Tony Stewart's black experience as nothing more than a fun fact, because - given his ability to withhold trying to use it to his advantage until now - it couldn't possibly be a sign of more.
Then again, we are talking about someone who somehow got away with killing a person with a goddamn racecar so maybe he's just great at getting himself off the hook despite having the subtlety of a Klan member at the BET awards...