First off the, the context is in a creating a new rule, not defending his own actions. Second, He speaks of “humiliation.” That is not part of a mod’s job. So it sure sounds to me like he’s speaking of his own personal feelings on the matter, not about how he moderates.
It’s also at odds with his own moderation, where he did just warn someone that they were in danger of losing their posting privileges if they continue stating their racist worldview. So that would be threatening to silence them.
I fully understand why CarnalK would think he was speaking for his own personal views only. I get that there is a default that mods are speaking as mods in ATMB, but I see the reason why someone might think otherwise in this case.
And I completely understand his reaction to the statement. It tries to make worldviews into something neutral that are not shaped by active choices. It makes excuses for horrible beliefs and for stating them, ignoring the harm they can cause.
If this is him responding as a mod, then he’s kinda all over the place, and it’s something I’d suggest you guys resolve. Hopefully in the form of “Yes, blatant racism counts as being a jerk and thus gets some sort of mod action.” I was actually proud that this guy’s racism was being treated the way it should be–with a warning that, if he continued, he’d be banned.