Komal Bhasin

Komal is a Principal-in-Residence with Unlocking Potential, a Massachusetts-based school turnaround organization.

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Ebony and Ivory was an instant hit for Stevie Wonder and Sir Paul McCartney in 1982. Ostensibly about piano keys, the song cheerfully tackles race relations in America. The song is short on lyrics, and frequently repeats “we all know that people are the same wherever we go.” That’s a nice thought, but really? I think we might be oversimplifying.  

I remember being referred to, dismissively, as “black” in kindergarten by a classmate staring with confusion at my brown skin.  It was my first indication that my interactions with race would involve others’ perceptions of who I was and what I was capable of doing.  

Photo by Nathan Taylor at Unlocking Potential

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