Did the Chicago Sun Times make a racist slur?

Will Crawley asks whether this piece in the Chicago Sun Times is actually racist. The part he clips:

The descendants of the Protestant genocidal colonizers believe as self-evident that they are morally, intellectually and humanly superior to the descendants of the Catholics who were not quite eliminated.

Is it racism? Considering the extensive mixing between Catholics and Protestants that has occurred in the time since the plantation it would be hard to argue that there was any question of race involved. Although it is certainly a thoroughly derogatory stereotype of the average Ulster Protestant. The more apposite question might be: is this journalism?

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