Joed68 comes through with his second Comment of the Day, this one in reaction to the post here on Mindy Kaling’s brother and his proud confession that he gamed an affirmative action program to gain admission to medical school years ago.
Allowing skin color to enable a less deserving applicant to vault over a more deserving one in college is one thing—still ethically dubious, but defensible in the abstract—and letting low-lights into elite training for professions with life and death responsibilities is another. The only explanations I can mount for those who indignantly defend affirmative action in the latter (such as CNN’s Jeff Young, quoted in the post) is that they are in thrall of the ends justifies the means mentality currently infecting much of Progressive World, or they don’t know how difficult it is to become a doctor. The first malady is beyond remedy; joed68’s submission addresses the second.
Here is his Comment of the Day on the post “Rationalization #30 (“It’s a bad law/stupid rule”) Chronicles: Vijay Chokalingam’s Affirmative Action Fraud”:
Affirmative action for medical school has to be the poster child for its wrongness. It’s wrong for obvious reasons, like the fact that these are people who will dig around in people’s bodies with sharp instruments and carefully select sub-lethal doses of poisons as chemical re-arrangers. It’s also wrong because of the fact that pre-medicine is as much a rite of passage and a stress-test to see if you have the chops for medical school, as it is a thorough, rigorous foundation of science. As an example, this is my list of courses for my certificate: pre-calculus, calc I and II, statistics, physics for engineering I and II, general chemistry, analytical chem, organic chem, organic synthesis, biochem, physical chem, cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology, genetics, genomics, and anatomy and physiology I and II, and labs for all courses except math. Not to mention, a semester of studying for the MCAT.
This is grueling stuff. It demands your undivided attention, and God help you if you screw up a class. The first analogy that comes to mind as I write this is riding a bull. Everything’s great as long as you maintain your rhythm and exertion, but the second you let up, you fall off and you’re not likely to get back on. I almost went into a fatal tailspin when I missed an organic chem lecture one time. I spent the next week trying to catch up by pulling all-nighters, neglecting my other courses and exponentially compounding the original problem. This reverberated through everything for the next few weeks, and that was almost all the previous work down the toilet. One bad grade often can make the difference, with med school acceptance being so competitive. I had to go above and beyond with my courses to give me an edge, hoping to balance out my age as a factor. No spare time, no family time, just studying. After that, along comes someone with a middling GPA and MCAT score, and he or she can possibly take my seat because of skin color?
And people wonder why someone might get pissed when he’s accused of enjoying white privilege.