Brilliant writing, Erica - you hit the nail on the head when it comes to acknowledging and accepting diversity as a fulcrum of our world.
Zesty, convinciving, passionate arguments! Fully agree with your POV.
Hope you don't mind me plugging my article based on learnings from Matthew Syed's "Rebel Ideas" which focuses on the question of why we form groups with people who look, talk and think like us. And how this homogeneity degrades performance, cohesion and innovation.
I think it's the perfect companion piece for your wonderful writing!
Do let me know what you think as I'd appreciate your feedback!