Real Life Soul Man?

As racial tensions run high in the United States, the news just hit that Vijay Chokal-Ingam, the brother of actress Mindy Kaling, supposedly applied to medical school posing as a black man. He discusses this process in his new book titled“Almost Black” which is trying to blow the lid off of “reverse racism” in America.

Whether this actually happened is hard to say, but Chokal-Ingam claims that he never lied about anything on his application, except his race, which did get him accepted into medical school at St. Louis University in 1999 stated his profile. Brian Torchin noted he apparently dropped out of school after deciding not to pursue medicine.

This whole scenario seems familiar to me. Does anyone remember a well-known movie from 1986 called “Soul Man”? It’s a little different because in that classic 1980s film, the character Mark Watson, played by C. Thomas Howell, took tanning pills to become “black” in order to get a scholarship to pay for medical school. Chokal-Ingam’s reasoning was that they accept black applicants due to affirmative action, whereas an Indian-American, his grades and test scores weren’t good enough.

At this point, the truth of this situation is irrelevant. It seems that Chokal-Ingam has drummed up the publicity he was seeking for his book. It may or may not be a good read, but it would be interesting to see if the actual story in his tell-all book has any more similarities to “Soul Man.”

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