Debate fuels my Fire
Umm, no it doesn't? See, this is why I have such a tough time with these arguments. Folks are just making stuff up to support their points rather than actually LOOKING at what's there. I mean, THIS is the relevant part of GoS:
That's IT. That's the sum total of reaction. No "utterly alien" or poor treatment is mentioned AT ALL.
Your argument doesn't actually reflect anything that's actually written.
Sorry, you're wrong. There is a section that I'll quote;
Saltmarsh's roughly five thousand residents are predominantly human, with the dwarven mining contingent of about two hundred workers the largest non-human faction in town. Elves and halflings draw no special notice, since the Silverstand hosts a wood elf enclave and a few halfling villages are tucked in the hills around town. The residents react to other visitors, especially tieflings and dragonborn, with a mixture of curiosity and fear.