One Indian American says he overcame anti-Asian bias and got into med school by claiming he was black.
“…Chokal-Ingam admits it was wrong for him to lie but says he did so in part because he was angry at the system of quotas that discriminated against Asian-American students. “Affirmative-action racism is as ingrained in our society as imperialism was in the time of Gandhi and segregation was in the time of (Martin Luther) King,” he wrote on his blog. “People who challenge affirmative action racism such as Abigail Fisher, Justice Thomas, and Ward Connerly are the true heirs” to the ideal of a color-blind society.
He isn’t opposed to giving people from disadvantaged backgrounds a leg up when it comes to college admissions, but he argues that it was wrong for someone of his financially privileged background to get into medical school with mediocre grades.
“I disclosed that I grew up in one of the wealthiest towns in Massachusetts, that my mother was a doctor, and that my father was an architect,” he told the New York Post. “I was the campus rich kid, let’s just put it on the table. And yet they considered me an affirmative-action applicant.”