For the racism thing, you have people nowadays who are so obnubilated by it that they saw racism everywhere.
The real problem here is that Lor’themar at this time is so occupied that he didn’t even have time for himself, so taking time to teach someone he barely know to read is hard to believe.
As for the night elves, the fact that the Horde didn’t retreat from all the night elves territories is a problem, especially when the Horde try to make peace with them.
It’s common sense that you can’t negociate peace if you are still occupying a territory.
Add the fact that Kalimdor was more a “going back to the Cataclysm era” than a true evolution.
Kalimdor is a disaster and when you see who wrote it, no wonder that the lore is in a poor state.
As for Northrend, the book is better than Kalimdor but if i have to summary:
25% you have progress after a decade (and i am generous for the 25%).
75% you feel that Wotlk happened last month or didn’t happened at all. (i am thinking of the Forgotten shore: Situtation resolved in Wotlk but not at all in the book).
It’s very problematic when you know that Wotlk happened more than a decade before DF.
All in all, Kalimdor and Northrend bring so few evolutions that i saw most of the people to whom I presented the books saying that they were written for nothing and will not buy it.
It’s understandable that people are wary of a book from the Exploring Azeroth serie now.
Pandaria will be from the same author so the probability to have 25% progression / 75% stagnation after a decade is very high.
I would not be surprised to read that Li Li is still a child at DF despite having the age of a young adult.