This certainly proves you’re not your brother’s keeper. Vijay Chokal-Ingam, Mindy Kahling’s older brother, has found himself in the news for his “social experiment.” Realizing that he was most likely not going to get into medical school with his current shoddy grades, he shaved his head, trimmed his eyelashes, went by his middle name of Jojo, and told admissions officers that he was black. The result? He got into one medical school and dropped out after two years. His conclusion?
“Racism is not the answer,” he told the Post, implying that proponents of affirmative action are The Real Racists. “It also promotes negative stereotypes about the competency of minority Americans by making it seem like they need special treatment.” But then again, he writes on his website: My experiences with racism as an African American include being harassed by policy officers and being accused of shoplifting by store clerks, something I had never experienced when I was just another Indian-American doctor’s son.
Of course, in order for a social experiment to be an actual experiment you’d have had to apply to the same schools as both yourself and as a black person, something Chokal-Ingam didn’t do. Here’s hoping he doesn’t get a book deal to further profit off of this.
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