Mindy Kaling’s older brother, Vijay Chokal-Ingam, says he is in hot water with his sister because of claims made in his book that he only got into medical school by posing as a black man.
On his blog, “Almost Black,” he says he shaved his head, trimmed his eyelashes, and claimed to be black during the application process, reports the Daily Mail.
“I was determined to become a doctor, and I knew that admission standards for certain minorities under affirmative action were, let’s say… less stringent?” wrote Chokal-Ingam.
“I got into medical school because I said I was black. The funny thing is I’m not.”
He continued, saying he started to go by his given middle name, Joko. “Vijay the Indian-American frat boy became Jojo the African American Affirmative Action applicant to medical school,” he said.
Chokal-Ingam went on to say that not everything went well after he started to pose as black.
“Not everything worked out as planned,” he wrote on his website. “Cops harassed me. Store clerks accused me of shoplifting. Women were either scared of me or couldn’t keep their hands off me. What started as a devious ploy to gain admission to medical school turned into a twisted social experiment.”
Since Chokal-Ingam’s revelation concerning his racial experiments, many people have been up in arms, including his own sister.
“My sister Mindy Kaling (Vera Mindy Chokalingam), of the Mindy Project and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, strongly disapproves of my book,” he wrote.
“She actually said, ‘This book will bring shame on our family.’ The rest of my family does not agree with the book. Still, they respect my right to make my own decisions with my career,” he added.
Stereo Williams, of The Daily Beast, blasted Chokal-Ingram for an experience that he says was “insulting to what black people endure in this country, both institutionally and culturally.”
“He chooses to sidestep, downplay, or flat-out ignore how the same racism that led to him being harassed by cops and store clerks keeps black applicants on the fringes of elite educational institutions for generations,” Williams wrote.
“It’s easier for him to tap dance for the right wing as the brown man who ‘gets it,’ while conveniently missing how ongoing racism makes affirmative action absolutely necessary,” he added.