by Dr Boyce Watkins
Apparently, a man by the name of Vijay Chokal-Ingam thinks he’s pretty clever. In order to prove his assertion that affirmative action is racist, Vijay decided to “become a black man.” With mediocre credentials for medical school, Vijay transformed himself into “JoJo,” a black male who was also a member of the Black Student Union.
To make his transformation more convincing, Vijay also shaved his head and his eyebrows so they would truly believe that he is black. Here’s what he said about his process:
So, I shaved my head, trimmed my long Indian eyelashes, and applied to medical school as a black man. My change in appearance was so startling that my own fraternity brother 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.
Vijay was then accepted into medical school, where he eventually dropped out because it was apparently too difficult for him. So, instead of becoming a doctor, Vijay (the med school dropout) has spent his life complaining that affirmative action is a form of reverse racism.
When I heard the story, I laughed and sighed on the inside. The idea of affirmative action being a form of reverse racism is one of the many anti-black, false ideologies being perpetrated by those who either don’t understand America’s brutal history of stealing from black people or don’t want to acknowledge it.
For the ignorant and uneducated (or med school dropouts like Vijay), any concerted efforts to address the many layers of prolonged systematic racism amounts to some kind of cheat that gives black people all the advantages at the expense of hard working whites. That’s a little like saying that after spilling milk all over the kitchen, it’s wrong to spend time trying to clean it up. Sorry, but the milk won’t clean itself up just because you’ve promised that you won’t spill anymore. That’s how ridiculous people sound when they attempt to argue that systematic racism is going to disappear because white people are promising not to be racist. The damage has already been done, and it must be cleaned up if we are to move forward.
To be quick about it, systematic racism doesn’t show itself with someone calling you the n-word or saying they don’t like black people. Systematic racism manifests itself in the fact that most major American institutions are run and controlled by whites.
Whites have most of the wealth in this country because it was either stolen from black people or we were denied access to it.
Our criminal justice system is heavily biased against black people, leading the incarceration of so many black men that millions of black kids are now growing up without their fathers.
Most of our Supreme Court justices are white and even though a third of them have been Jewish, there still has not yet been a single black female selected in the entire history of the court.
Most major universities are dominated by white professors, with rules, curricula and culture created for whites (because black people were not invited to the table when these insititutions were established).
Most media is controlled by whites, allowing big corporations to control the self-esteem, identity and culture of millions of black youth.
The list goes on and on.
I speak on Vijay’s ignorance in the video below (or you can download the podcast). But I wanted to share these arguments with those who understand the true racial history of America and wish to have an adequate response when you run into bigots as ignorant as Vijay who are unaware of the many millions of ways that slavery and Jim Crow show their effects all over our society till this day. For example, it is no coincidence that many of the states that had the most black slaves also have the highest proportion of black male prison inmates. But Vijay will probably never read “The New Jim Crow,” which means he will continue to pursue the lie that was fed to him by other uneducated people.
But then again, he dropped out of medical school. Maybe that means he’s the kind of ignorant, lazy, exceedingly privileged, sel-righteous clown who would try to do something like this. But then again, I’m just speculating. Maybe Jojo is the real idiot of the family.
The video is below, and the podcast is at the top of this article. Feel free to let me know what you think.