The complaints about Lovecraft and the World Fantasy Award aren’t about “diminish[ing] him for being male and Caucasian.” It’s about wanting something other than the bulging decapitated head of an over-the-top racist to embody one of the highest honors in our genre.
–Jim C. Hines on the World Fantasy Award.
[Content warning for racial slurs, below and at the link.]
This just in: Lovecraft. Still super-racist. If you’re not convinced, Hines’ post has an excerpt from one of Lovecraft’s poems, called “On the Creation of Niggers”.
Yes. That’s the title of the poem. H.P. Lovecraft, father of the Cthulhu Mythos, wrote a poem that contains the lines, “A beast they wrought, in semi-human figure, / Filled it with vice, and called the thing a Nigger.”
Literally. That is a thing he wrote.
No apologia, no “oh, it was a different time!”, nothing. H.P. Lovecraft was a vile racist. End of story.