The 'Bamboo Ceiling' has its poster child
Jim Crow is alive and well in America, but instead of blacks, the new target of officially sanctioned racism is Asian-Americans. For the crime of being too successful academically, Asian-Americans are discriminated against at virtually every prestigious American university. All in the name of “diversity” and racial “justice.”
Statistics demonstrate this convincingly, but as William A. Levinson notes today in his article on PsyWar, pictures are far more useful when it comes to convincing people who don’t pay attention very closely.
That is why it is significant that an Asian-American (of Indian descent) has stepped forward and revealed that by changing his self-description to “African American,” he was able to get accepted at a medical school where he had previously been rejected:
V Saxena writes at Download:
Meet Vijay Chokal-Ingam, an Indian American who, after getting rejected from medical school for only having a 3.1 GPA, decided to reapply — but only after making a few select changes to himself:
“So, I shaved my head, trimmed my long Indian eyelashes, and applied to medical school as a black man,” Vijay wrote in a blog post.
“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.”
He added, “Vijay the Indian-American frat boy become Jojo the African American Affirmative Action applicant to medical school.”
And guess what happened …
He got accepted!
Chokal-Ingam has a sister who is quite prominent in the entertainment industry:
The last thing to know is that this guy is the brother of famed feminist nitwit Mindy Kaling. Furthermore, when Al Sharpton found out about Vijay’s shtick, he reportedly chastised him for “exploiting his sister’s fame to enable white supremacy” and “hurt a key program for the disenfranchised.”
Translation: Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!
Writing at National Review, John Fund provides information on a lawsuit filed against Harvard by Asian-Americans who got rejected despite superb qualifications:
A group of Asian-American students has filed suit against Harvard’s admissions policy, charging that it seeks to limit the number of Asian students much like quotas held down the number of Jewish students until the 1920s. For example, one of the students Harvard rejected, an unnamed child of Chinese immigrants, had perfect scores on three college-admission tests, graduated first in his (or her) class, led the tennis team, and raised money for National Public Radio.
Harvard, of course, responds that it rejects many superbly qualified applicants, and that is true. Less convincing are the statistics:
at the three most selective Ivy League schools, there is a clear anomaly: Asian Americans were over 27 percent of applicants to those schools between 2008 and 2012 but represented only 17–20 percent of those admitted.
Edward Blum, who reported these statistics, calls this phenomenon the “bamboo ceiling,” and I think it is a pretty good label. The fact is that the Democratic Party wholeheartedly supports policies that discriminate against Asian-Americans, a group that still heavily votes for Democrats. This should not last. The more catchy labels and graphics used to call attention to this injustice, the worse for Democrats.