Let me preface this discussion by saying that I realize this horse has long been dead, most especially in these parts. I never took any credence to the idea nor its discussion primarily because it seemed so preposterous. However in my recent look at Khuzdul (sadly my linguistics class has failed me, or I've failed it, and all the great sites on the language have gone greek) I have of course stumbled upon the debate over alleged racism in Tolkien's work, not the least of the perpetrators being the Dwarf-Jew parallel.
Having read over some the discussion at Tolkien Gateway I must say that this is one of the most wholly ignorant and ridiculous ideas I've read and it's gotten me uproarious enough to make this post.
The idea that Tolkien was a racist and expressed his racist views, either consciously or unconsciously, shows a complete and total lack of context; either the critics are overly sensitive bleeding-hearts out looking for something to latch their paranoid ideas onto or they've read the books out of a completely botched world-view that does not understand the role of the supernatural in The Lord of the Rings. Reason being, that is the entirety of Evil in the books. The Easterlings (whom Tolkien never fully describes as being Asian as some have suggested) and the Haradrim (who he did, in fact, describe as being black-skinned because they were from the south) were not inherently evil and their position as enemies of the 'West' (which is not some Eurocentric reference) is wholly accountable to the witchery of Morgoth and then Sauron. They were corruptible Men just as Boromir, the great white hero, was.
The Dwarf-Jew parallel has also got me irritated beyond belief because those who subscribe to it fail to take into account the entire basis for the Dwarves: Northern European mythology. The connexion to the Jews is an entirely respectful one because it is primarily with their language and, in a secondary sense, the concept of diaspora and their being aliens in a foreign land while maintaining their deep culture.
There are countless more ideas to be rebuked and ranted about but I'll spare you. Thank you for reading and please reply with any of your own ideas.