Pro-Tip: Coming onto a forum for a website with a heavy bent towards leftist ideology and prefacing an argument with “you’re not evil if you’re racist” is a REALLY bad way to introduce yourself. It’s not because of the “racism not evil” part, but because you instantly start your argument by implying everyone that disagrees with you thinks the exact opposite by putting words in their mouth. Keep in mind you’re saying this in 2018, where pretty much every government on Earth is toying with the ideas of concentration camps and genocide threats (or just actual genocide), so tone is REALLY important in a delicate conversation like this.
You’re also basically arguing that we shouldn’t critically read into the man’s word’s and beliefs while also pointing out that he himself did that same thing to become a better person. If anything, you’re pointing out we really should re-evaluate our own views of Lovecraft because the man did that himself to improve as a person. You’re also seemingly trying to argue that people automatically hate all his work if they start reading more into his racist views.
I hate South Park now and especially tire of Matt and Trey’s lacking political understandings to the point they turn queer people into punch lines, but there’s still plenty of episodes I can watch again and enjoy (particularly the bullying episode, The List, The Fight, Imagination Land, ect).
For a lot of people, this is how they view Lovecraft. You can take the good from something while still recognizing the bad.
It’s also not a bad thing to inherently kind of hate a work if the author’s opinions are horrid enough. For example, I won’t ever play Earthworm Jim or any of those clay based games that followed because the main guy behind them is a vocal homophobe, and I kind of hate Attack on Titan now because I found out that the manga creator is both a denier of Japanese war crimes and recently revealed that the entire main conflict is built entirely around the premise of “maybe the Jews were also bad???”
Please keep in mind that racism impacts people, and at its worst, it gets people killed, sometimes in mass. That’s not a thing to take lightly, and works being built with a structure of racism are probably going to appeal less to people who have to deal with real racist views in their daily lives threatening their very well-being.