His comment was anything but racist. And I’d prefer to think that it’s better to convince the others of your more peaceful interpretation instead of grasping at straws in order to justify your hatred. How you read a passage is entirely up to yourself, but I’m willing to say that he’s closer to being factually correct than the author of the original article. After all, interpretation is personal, but what you are interpreting is unbiased reality. So your interpretation should also be grounded in reality.