As the Trump Administration’s recent stand for true racial equality puts affirmative action back in the news, a recent interview on CNN of all places is highlighting just how easy it is to exploit the practice of giving certain races preference in college admissions.
CNN’s Michael Smerconish recently interviewed Vijay Jojo Chokal-Ingam, an Indian-American man (and the brother of celebrity Mindy Kaling) about his experience demonstrating what a farce the system is…by pretending to be black.
NBC 26 summarizes the heart of the conversation:
According to Chokal-Ingam, he applied to St. Louis University’s medical school using his middle name Jojo, claimed he was a member of black student organizations and shaved his head to appear to be black. Despite lower than average grades, Chokal-Ingam claims he was accepted.
Chokal-Ingam disputed reports this week that claims a majority of Harvard students are now non-white.
“I think that is very deceptive,” Chokal-Ingam told CNN’s Michael Smerconish. “I think you are forgetting the Pocahontas factor, that is there are a large number of people who are whiter than winter in Alaska who pose as minorities for flimsy reasons which skew the results.”
Chokal-Ingam actually has a whole book telling his story. It’s called “Almost Black: The True Story of How I Got into Medical School by Pretending to Be Black.” His website provides extensive documentation of his application and interview processes, contains ongoing commentary about affirmative action, and notes that he also became a “serious contender” at eleven elite schools in total, including Harvard, Yale, and Columbia University.
In January, Chokal-Ingam penned a Daily Caller op-ed in which he framed then-president-elect Trump’s opposition to affirmative action as a return to the color-blind ideals of Martin Luther King Jr., before the notion of equality was hijacked by obsessive racial demagogues and bean-counters of the modern Left…and drew a decidedly less-flattering historical parallel for Hillary Clinton and company:
Somehow, America has become a place where it is perfectly legal to discriminate against white people. In university admissions, public housing, and employment, widespread racial discrimination toward whites (and Asians) is legally tolerated under the auspices of affirmative action. For instance, the National Football League has its Rooney Rule granting interview opportunities to minority coaches that are not granted to whites. Another example is medical school admissions; it is consistently easier (by as much as 57%) for blacks and Hispanics to gain admission to medical school than comparable Asians and whites with the same grades and test scores, according to published statistical data from the American Association of Medical Colleges […]
In 1963, Alabama Governor George Wallace made his famous “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door,” blocking black students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, from attending the University of Alabama. In many ways, Hillary Clinton and President Obama did the same thing in 2016 by supporting blocking a qualified white girl, Abby Fisher, from being admitted into the University of Texas at Austin. Hoping to win more black and Hispanic votes, Clinton and Obama publicly endorsed the Supreme Court’s Fisher case, denying educational opportunities to thousands of qualified Asian Americans and whites. To the credit of American voters, Clinton and Obama’s divisive racial opportunism backfired spectacularly.
The only future worth fighting for is one where every American is free to soar or stumble based solely on their abilities, with neither artificial obstacles nor artificial advantages. Under such true equality, disappointment with failure eventually gives way to understanding of what one can do to improve their situation — whereas when schemes like affirmative action rig the game on behalf of some, undeserving winners will take away the wrong lessons and the losers’ resentment is guaranteed to last far longer.
As evidenced by the fact that even CNN is now airing dissent from the Left’s conventional wisdom on the subject, this common sense isn’t controversial with the average American — so Team Trump shouldn’t hesitate to continue dismantling America’s true institutionalized discrimination.
H/T: Weasel Zippers