A shame Lovecraft didn’t extend such courtesies to blacks and people with ‘swarthy’ complexions. Let us also drape a veil over the batshit racism of “Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family.”
I am a massive Lovecraft fan, but I will not excuse nor defend nor try to explain away his racism or his many failings as a writer. He was a bit of a shit, most evident when even a Texan like Robert E Howard was gobsmacked at his bigotry.
Perhaps the real reason, however, that Lovecraft’s bigotry is controversial is because it lays bare the ugly truth of geekdom - far from being ennobled by our marginalisation, we instead internalise it and embrace all the other nonsense that gets shoved into the margins to boot.