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Mindy Kaling’s brother, Vijay Chokalingam, has proven to be one of the biggest trolls this year. Vijay thought he’d set out to prove that Affirmative Action was wrong, by applying to medical schools as a Black man and he plans to release a book about his experiences. Vijay’s book, Almost Black, will describe how he masqueraded as a Black man between 1998 and 1999.

From Telegraph:

Chokalingam was motivated to commit the fraud by the fact that he had a relatively low Grade Point Average of 3.1. Suspecting that certain US universities were employing affirmative action and positively discriminating in favour of candidates with an African-American background, he decided to “test” his theory by rebranding himself as a Black man.

As well as shaving his head and trimming his lashes, Chokalingam also applied to colleges using his middle name, Jojo (his parents were inspired by the African-American basketball player Jo Jo White) and emphasised the fact that he had spent time in Nigeria as a child in interviews.

According to his website, as a “Black” candidate with a 3.1 GPA, Chokalingam was considered by medical schools including Harvard, Pennsylvania and Columbia, and was eventually accepted by St Louis University in Missouri. He later dropped out, after changing his mind about pursuing a career in medicine, and now works (in a somewhat ironic twist) as a resume writer and graduate school application consultant. He has made it clear that he lied only about his race: all other details on his application were correct.

Now here’s where his experiment failed.

Out of the top-tier schools he applied to, guess how many he got into – NONE.

Vijay did get accepted into the lesser tiered St. Louis University. But in no way can he prove it was because of Affirmative Action.

Vijay says his issue with Affirmative Action, is the racism behind it.

“My experiences applying to medical school as a Black man impressed on me the injustice created by the system of legalised racism called affirmative action,” he stated on his website.

“This system destroys the dreams of millions of Indian-American, Asian American, and white applicants for employment and higher education. It also creates negative stereotypes about the academic abilities and professional skills of African-American and Hispanic professionals, who don’t need special assistance in order to compete with other minority groups.”

I’m not sure if Vijay realizes that Black people aren’t the only ones who benefit from Affirmative Action. He needs to take his Bobby Jindal-self somewhere and have a seat at a university.

After all of this ‘work’, guess who failed to complete medical school? You guessed it.

Vijay, you’re a disgrace to your family.

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  • GIJ

    “This system destroys the dreams of millions of Indian-American, Asian American, and white applicants for employment and higher education.”

    Now that’s what I call pukeworthy prose coming from Mindy’s brother. WTF, this child of privilege grew up the son of a medical doctor mother and thinks this way about his dreams being crushed? I’d like this guy to try posing as the son of a single mother waitress who never finished high school and see what that’s like. And by the way, Indian-Americans ARE Asian Americans. Guess Vijay/Jojo has internalized the dumb idea among some people of Korean/Chinese/Japanese background that they are the only true Asian-Americans. India is in Asia; FFS the Buddhist religion was established there first and spread to the rest of the continent.

  • Sehri Alese

    Well I like Mindy. This has nothing to do with her, it’s her brother who wrote the book. Unless she wrote the forward or is on his book tour or tweeted support of the book, I think it’s unfair to put her in the conversation. Regarding her sadly mistaken brother, I say, unless you come from the very people who built the economical and business structure of this country pro bono, you gets no say on Affirmative Action. And while I’m no expert, I believe the UK has also put some measures in place to say “oops, our bad” to all those who have suffered at the hands of their colonialism. Hate to be prejudice, but I’m REALLY confident other people descended from his ancestral home are getting those benefits.

  • mmmdot

    It all comes back to the fact that ALL non-Black people are promised that if they comply with the inhumane racial hierarchy and don’t challenge anti-blackness, then THEY won’t be the ones relegated to bottom of the racial hierarchy. I have no problem at all coalescing with other people of color, but most of them need to address their anti-blackness.They need to take IMMEDIATE concrete and transparent steps to address it within themselves AND the communities they come from. Period. They ALSO need to understand the racial hierarchy – which is really a hierarchy of human worth and human dignnity – that places white people on top, black people on the bottom as the “opposite race”, and themselves somewhere in the middle.

    Anti-blackness is toxic, and I really refuse to blithely be subjected to it from ANYONE, including other people of color. It’s the worst when it comes from whites because they have the social, political, and economic privilege and power to implement their racist anti-blackness as a racist governing structure. But anti-blackness can also cause major psychological and emotional distress when it comes from non-black people of color, because the people you feel SHOULD be your natural allies aren’t. Many non-black people of color seem to recognize the racism that THEIR groups face but don’t understand the specific anti-black racism Black people face. Nor do many non-black people of color understand how they can be complicit with white supremacy by engaging in anti-blackness and colorism.