When the subject of Lovecraft's racism comes up I rarely find that it's meant to steer the conversation to better examine the complexities of a literary figure who had a profound influence on horror and role playing games. A few years back, it was often brought up to warn people unfamiliar with his work with what they might encounter. Some of his stories, like "Herbert West-Reanimator" and "The Horror at Red Hook" contain shockingly appalling language if one isn't prepared for it so warnings are appropriate. But more often these days Lovecraft's racism is brought up in an effort to dissuade people from reading his work or in some cases even acknowledging his influence. I'm surprised Call of Cthulhu hasn't been called out for being badwrongfun.In practice, however, better thinking about complex past figures is rarely the point. If it were, wielders of the injunction not to judge would not apply their counsel so selectively. They would, for example, be as concerned with positive as with negative judgments, as wary of celebration as they are of condemnation... The practical purpose of the injunction not to judge is not to refine public engagements with history; it is to reinforce established interpretations against the corrosive effects of criticism.