Man Who Pretended To Be Black To Gain College Admission Compares Affirmative Action To Slavery
And gets in an Elizabeth Warren diss, too.
August 07, 2017 at 8:23 pm
This month, we reported that the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it is considering a legal challenge to college affirmative action programs due to complaints about these programs discriminating against white and Asian American applicants.
On CNN's Smerconish, Vijay Jojo Chokal-Ingam, the brother of actress and comedian Mindy Kaling, has come out in support of the suit.
But who is Chokal-Ingam that his support carries any weight?
Well, Chokal-Ingam believes that affirmative action programs should be removed based on his first-hand experience.
He says that he disguised himself as a black man in order to get admission into St. Louis University medical school.
How did he do it?
Well, in a nutshell, Chokal-Ingam used his middle name, Jojo, shaved his hair off and claimed on his application that he was a member of black student organizations.
Because of his low-grade point average, Chokal-Ingam believes that he was accepted into medical school solely based on the fact that he was "black."
Chokal-Ingam even wrote a book detailing his efforts called Almost Black: The True Story of How I got into Medical School by Pretending to be Black.
"I believe that President Trump, by appointing conservative anti-affirmative action justices, and by using the Justice Department to go after the colleges and universities, I believe he will end affirmative action like Lincoln ended slavery," says Chokal-Ingam.
The author also had some thoughts on this year's freshman class at Harvard.
As we recently reported, the incoming class is more nonwhite than white for the first time ever.
Chokal-Ingram, however, feels that the class is probably whiter than reported.
"I think that is very deceptive," Chokal-Ingam said. "I think you are forgetting the Pocahontas factor, that is there are a large number of people who are whiter than winter in Alaska who pose as minorities for flimsy reasons which skew the results."
He believes that there are many students pretending to be non-white knowing "that it can improve their chance of admission."
Overall, Chokal-Ingam said that his biggest problem with affirmative action, other than it may have gotten him into medical school, is that he feels it eliminates merit as a factor in admission.
Number crunching has suggested that black students do suffer in states that have affirmative action bans. A study by FiveThirtyEight looked at states with affirmative action bans, and found that only two schools in those states had a black population that mirrored the state's black population. And one of those schools was an HBCU.
It remains to be seen if the DOJ will actually mount its challenge to affirmative action, but as this story and our previous reporting have shown, the move has no shortage of allies.