Back in 2015, the brother of famous actress Mindy Kalin, Vijay Chokalingam, admitted that he got into medical school by posing as a black man in an elaborate hoax. He even wrote a book about his experience titled, Almost Black, calling the whole premise of affirmative action “racist.”
Now that Donald Trump is president, the Department of Justice announced their move to investigate universities over affirmative actions admissions policies that discriminate against white applicants. This is welcome news for Chokalingam.
In a Saturday interview with Michael Smerconish on CNN, Chokalingam pointed out that despite the fact that he benefitted from affirmative action, other applicants are more brazen. He said that many utilize the “Pocahontas” factor by claiming they have an old relative (i.e. a great-grandfather/mother) of a racially marginalized group to then identify with that group.
“I believe that President Trump by appointing conservative, anti-affirmative action justices and by using the Justice Department to go after colleges and universities, I believe that he will end affirmative action like Lincoln ended slavery,” Chokalingam said.
He then went on to cite the 2016 Fisher v. University of Texas Supreme Court case in which the Court ruled that it was constitutional for the University of Texas to accept or deny admissions to prospective students on the basis of race. Abigail Noel Fisher, a white student, argued that she was denied admission to the University of Texas because she is white.
When Chokalingam’s book was published last year, Kaling said that the book “would bring shame” on their family. Her brother responded by saying, “You play a slut on national TV, and you think this [book] will bring shame on the family?”
Watch the full segment below: