Vijay Chokal-Ingam, brother of actress, comedian and author Mindy Kaling, admitted he pretended to be black to get into the St. Louis University School of Medicine – and is now using his experience to expose affirmative action as the lie that he says it is.
Despite having a so-so grade point average and MCAT score, the university accepted Indian-American Chokal-Ingam – but only after they thought he was black.
#affirmativeaction is DISCRIMINATION; it’s a lie to call it else. I got into medical school with a 3.1 GPA as black. http://t.co/wya52LWz7u
— Vijay Chokal-Ingam (@VijayIngam) March 5, 2015
He posted the before and after pictures to his Twitter profile, and explained on his website how he so easily fooled the university.
I got into medical school because I said I was black. The funny thing is I’m not.
In my junior year of college, I realized that I didn’t have the grades or test scores to get into medical school, at least not as an Indian-American.
Still, I was determined to become a doctor and I knew that admission standards for certain minorities under affirmative action were, let’s say… less stringent?
So, I shaved my head, trimmed my long Indian eyelashes, and applied to medical school as a black man.
My change in appearance was so startling that my own fraternity brother didn’t recognize me at first. I even joined the Organization of Black Students and started using my embarrassing middle name that I had hidden from all of my friends since I was a 9 years old.
Vijay the Indian-American frat boy become Jojo the African American Affirmative Action applicant to medical school.
Even though Chokal-Ingam is a self-proclaimed “Affirmative Action Hacktivist,” and says “lucky for you” he never became a doctor, he didn’t call out the lie that is affirmative action immediately after he could have exposed it.
Instead, he continued to pose as a black man and conducted what he called a “social experiment.”
It isn’t clear what brought on the sudden act of consciousness.
Perhaps it was maturity, guilt, or the fact that he’s promoting a book he is working on called, “Almost Black.” Whatever the reason, Chokal-Ingam is, for now, remaining a vocal critic of affirmative action and somewhat of a thorn in his famous sister’s side.
Palm Beach County’s #affirmativeaction program: If everyone lied about their race like me, it wouldn’t work! http://t.co/zvT3MoHKo7 — Vijay Chokal-Ingam (@VijayIngam) March 14, 2015
LIke me, @SenWarren lied about her race to get into graduate school (Harvard) & exploit of #affirmativeaction ! http://t.co/JBAsNJoCNP
— Vijay Chokal-Ingam (@VijayIngam) March 15, 2015
State-sponsored racism aka #affirmativeaction is still common in NJ and the USA http://t.co/xO5Wviqgtq @njdotcom — Vijay Chokal-Ingam (@VijayIngam) March 22, 2015
#FF @VijayIngam #AlmostBlack #AffirmativeAction is the real #discrimination.
— JUANRUISEÑOR (@J_Luscinia) April 3, 2015
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