Almost Black: A Story of Affirmative Action

Same man: Vijay Chokal-Ingam, before and after

Same man: Vijay Chokal-Ingam, before and after

This is an ostensibly true story.

Vijay Jojo Chokalingam, an East Indian (pictured above, before and after), wanted to become a doctor. But he didn’t have the GPA or the test scores. And so he shaved his head and trimmed his eyelashes. Then he (re)applied to medical school — this time as a black man.

He says — and, to judge from his before and after photos, there’s no doubt about it — his “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 and started using my embarrassing middle name that I had hidden from all of my friends since I was a 9 years old. Vijay the Indian-American frat boy become Jojo the African American Affirmative Action applicant to medical school.”

The experience prompted him to write a book called Almost Black – The True Story Of An Indian American Who Got Into Medical School Pretending To Be An African American, and you may read more about it here on his website.


  • Dave Cochrane

    May 9, 2015

    Gotta feel pity now for the poor black students, who cannot be seen to become too successful lest they be accused of acting Asian.

  • Ray

    May 9, 2015


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