This Student Pretended to be Black to Get into College. It Worked.
Vijay Jojo Chokal-Ingam, the brother of Mindy Kaling (yes, the same Mindy Kaling from The Office), was in his third year of college when he decided he wanted to attend medical school. There was just one problem — Ingam's academic record was marred by his miserable 3.1 GPA.
Unwilling to accept defeat, Ingam decided he'd pose as a black man and apply anyway. The St. Louis University accepted him and he started attending classes there 1999, dropping out shortly after that.
Eight years later, Ingam is now sharing his story. He hopes that his experience with reverse racism will prompt President Trump to "end affirmative action like Lincoln ended slavery."
From the Washington Post:
Ingam's right on the money with his assessment of affirmative action as being rooted in racism.
Racism is typically thought of by many simply as the unfavorable treatment of people based on their racial identity. In reality, the concept cuts both ways — promoting preferential treatment based solely on race rather than merit is also racism. Affirmative action policies are a perfect example.
When the color of your skin gives you "an 87 or 75 percent chance" of admission opposed to other races, it's racism, pure and simple. Academic merit becomes meaningless when racial identity can earn you the equivalent of "several hundred points on the SAT."
Check out the full CNN interview with Ingam below:
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