Greetings and salutations. I have a question of curiosity concerning the reverence of Lovecraft and the reconciliation of the fact he was wretchedly racist? I would be interested in hearing what The Order of Dagon has to say on this topic, as surely the founders would be aware of this painful flaw in Lovecraft.
Given the on going struggle for the achievement of equality, it is something that must needs be acknowledged, regardless of the discomfort such acknowledgement may cause.
Personally, I struggle with this fact any time I encounter it in his writings. The same rings true for Robert E. Howard as well. One always tries to look beyond the character flaws of their fellows, as no one is perfect. Yet, there are certain beliefs that are so transgressive, that to see beyond, or compartmentalize them renders the observer capitulant.
I am prepared for the oft touted argument of "he was a man of his times...", please understand that holds no validity, as many people of their times were not racist. Please realize that in order for the cult to be recognized as a valid entity, this will have to be addressed.
Thank you to any who thoughtfully engage on this uncomfortable topic. My hope is that it helps us all strive for better understanding of one another and what can actually be done to combat racism as individuals, and collectives.