Racist

D&D has always had sub-races. They went away for a short time during 4th Edition but seem to be making a comeback.

Many people don’t like subraces as they clutter the game with multiple confusing different types of elves and dwarves. I ran a group through the original Dragonlance modules once and after a year of play no one at the table could keep the Qualinesti and Kagonesti straight or remember what was different about the Silvanesti. Personally, as I was introduced to D&D through the Dragonlance novels and Lord of the Rings, I have a fondness for different types of elves. Legolas is just a different type of elf from Elrond. They do very different things.

That said… in editions with subraces there tended to be a heck of a lot of them. Just because the game has design space for different types of elves doesn’t mean we need winged elves or snow elves or freshwater  & saltwater sea elves or desert elves or jungle elves. Let’s just stick with the basics: high and grey. Oh, and wood. And maybe drow. And sea elves. Did I already say grey elves?