The Progressive Left has transformed much of American society by using the power of government to force social experiments on our institutions. Affirmative action is one of the Left’s most prized programs.
Although Democrats frame affirmative action as a positive, many Americans are now understanding the harmful effects it has on white and Asian students, as well as black students. In a shocking move reported by The New York Post, one Indian-American student pretended to be black in order to get into med school–even though he had an unimpressive GPA.
Vijay Jojo Chokal-Ingam, brother of comedian and TV actress Mindy Kaling, was an average student with a 3.1 GPA. He had dedicated his college years to partying and socializing. But as he approached graduation, he decided he wanted to follow in his mother’s footsteps and become a doctor.
After witnessing a fellow Indian-American friend with far better grades get turned down by all the medical schools to which he applied, Chokal-Ingam decided he needed an out-of-the-box plan to make his dreams of a medical career a reality.
That’s when Chokal-Ingam came up with an idea seemingly out of the 1986 film Soul Man. He took advantage of affirmative action by pretending to be black. The college slacker certainly did his research.
First, he learned about Project 3,000–an initiative by the Association of American Medical College’s Division of Community and Minority Programs to increase minority enrollment in American medical schools from 1,584 to 3,000 by the year 2000.
Chokal-Ingam then did some math. By analyzing enrollment data from the Association of American Medical Colleges, he calculated that a black or Hispanic student with his GPA had a 30 to 40 percent higher chance of getting into med school–simply on the basis of race.
The aspiring doctor also took inspiration from another Indian-American, Rommel Nobay, who pretended to be black but was caught. Nobay’s cover was blown when he lied about many details about his educational background. So Chokal-Ingam was completely truthful about everything on his resume–except his race.
“I shaved my head, trimmed my long Indian eyelashes, joined the University of Chicago’s Organization of Black Students (a black friend ran it, knew my scam and got me in) and began applying to medical schools as a black man. I transposed my middle name with my first name and became Jojo, the African-American applicant.”
The results of Chokal-Ingam’s charade supported concerns that affirmative action lowers educational standards. Where his hard-working friend was rejected by numerous medical schools, Chokal-Ingam was courted by schools. According to his website, Chokal-Ingam was interviewed by 11 med schools and white-listed by 3 of the top schools in the country. He was ultimately accepted into the St. Louis University School of Medicine.
An Indian student successfully lied about his race to gain entry into a medical school. Is it time to end affirmative action programs?
Chokal-Ingam ultimately dropped out of medical school to pursue a degree in business at UCLA, whose business school does not practice affirmative action. However, the experience taught him first-hand that affirmative action not only doesn’t work–it’s contrary to the true equality fought for during the Civil Rights Movement.
In January, Chokal-Ingam penned an op-ed at The Daily Caller in which he praised Trump’s determination to stop the open discrimination of whites. Recently, Trump’s Department of Justice made moves to curtail affirmative action, as reported by The New York Times.
Thanks to President Trump, America is reversing the discriminatory racial politics of the Left–returning us to a policy of common sense and true equality.