MINDY KALING’S BROTHER PRETENDED TO BE BLACK TO GET INTO MED SCHOOL
Monday, Apr 6, 2015
Mindy Kaling‘s brother, Vijay Chokal-Ingam, recently admitted that after getting wait-listed at several med schools when he applied as Indian-American, he reapplied claiming to be black and was immediately accepted.
“Would you rather accept racism or defy those who want to discriminate against you? I chose the latter and applied to medical school as black,” Chokal-Ingam wrote.
“I shaved my head, trimmed my long Indian eyelashes, and applied to medical school as a black man,” Chokal-Ingam went on. “My change in appearance was so startling that my own fraternity brothers didn’t recognize me at first. I even joined the Organization of Black Students.”
But Chokal-Ingam wants to be very clear about one thing in particular — the only thing he lied about was his race!
“Everything else on my application can be verified as correct. I didn’t even claim that I was ‘disadvantaged,” he said.
UPDATE — 11:22am PT: Mindy Kaling’s rep just told Us Weekly, “Mindy has been estranged from her brother for years. She was not aware of his decision to apply to medical school under a different name and race.”
What do you think about Chokal-Ingam fooling the system?