The brother of actress Mindy Kaling claims that he once pretended to be black to enroll in medical school and that his story makes him aware of what he considers the farce of positive discrimination.
This information is made public while Indian-born author Vijay Chokal-Ingam is promoting a book on his adventures as a “hard-partying college frat kid who understood the severity and depth of America’s racial issues while masquerading as a black man.”
Chokal-Ingam claims on his site, AlmostBlack.com, that he came up with the scheme in 1998 after learning in school that, as an Indian-American, his grades wouldn’t be good enough to be admitted to medical school.
He claimed to have joined a black student group and applied to colleges using the middle name JoJo.
He even provides evidence for his assertions on his website, such as a triumphant note from a director at Emory University Medical School praising him for his “great results” on the MCAT.
But there isn’t any proof that pretending to be a “black” candidate assisted him in gaining admission to these colleges.
Chokal-Ingam Never Went To Med School
As an Indian-American, Chokal-Ingam never went to med school, so there isn’t any resemblance to be made.
In the end, he said that he applied to 22 med schools and attended 11 interviews. He received wait-for lists from four schools, but only one admitted him.
At Saint Louis Uni’s medical school, Chokal-Ingam eventually enrolled but left after 2 years.
With a 2013 Supreme Court decision that tightened the framework requirements for positive action applications programs and a 2014 judgment that affirmed the Institution of Michigan’s ban on the inclusion of race in applications, affirmative action had received much media attention in recent years.
Affirmative action “destroys the hopes of millions of Indian-American, Asian-American, including white candidates for jobs and higher education,” according to Chokal-Ingam, who claims that his narrative demonstrates this.
University Of Saint Louis
However, a University of Saint Louis representative refuted the claim and told the Huffington Post that Chokal-entrance Ingram was never affected by Chokal-race’s.
Chokal-allegation Ingram’s has been poorly received in all places, as could be expected.
One Twitter user questioned, “How does @VijayIngam deny the advantages of #affirmativeaction since he never obtained admittance to SLU based on it?
Others were more direct. People have called Chokal-Ingam “an imbecile.”
According to a post on his website, Chokal-sister Ingram, a former “The Office” cast member and superstar of TV’s “The Mindy Project,” isn’t on board.
Others, however, claimed they couldn’t understand the uproar.