This Indian-American Got into Med School by Pretending to be Black

The unspoken truth about affirmative action is that it sets quotas for Asians. Diversity ends up punishing performing minorities.

Now Vijay Chokal-Ingam demonstrated that you can get ahead by having bad grades and the right race.

Fifteen years ago, Vijay Chokal-Ingam shaved off his straight black hair, trimmed what he calls his “long Indian eyelashes” and started checking off the “black” box for race on his med-school applications.

Before long, the Asian Indian American was interviewing at Harvard and Columbia, and found himself on wait lists at the University of Pennsylvania, Washington University and Mt. Sinai — despite his relatively mediocre 3.1 GPA and his family’s considerable wealth.

A 3.1 GPA is not a ticket to medical school, but med schools are under pressure to graduate black doctors and the standards go down. On Twitter, Vijay links to a number of letters he received based on his other minority status.