So I am checking my email at precisely 9:00 am (like I do every morning now.. I know it's a little neurotic), when my grandfather says to me, you know CRAZYTERP, you should probably shave your goatee bc I think you look too much like a middle eastern. Now, I am thinking since I am indian that shaving my goatee will not make any difference whatsoever, bc there is no way to hide the color of my skin, nor do I think I should have to. For some reason though my grandfather could not see my argument. I am wondering if it is just his way of saying shave that damn beard, or if he actually has a point. I do realize that many interviewers and adcoms may have subconcious biases as is human nature, however, I do not think my race or anyone elses should make a difference no matter how others percieve thos from the middle east right now. Though I have not directly been affected by any prejudice (at least I do not know of any), I think may also be in part to the fact that I am currently living in a pretty diverse city. It is a pretty weird situation to be in though when you visit cities like Baton Rouge, LA and you are the only Brown person in sight. Basically, I think this is an interesting topic to address. I realize there are tons of indian/middle eastern doctors and med students out there and wonder if anyone thinks it may actually play a role in decision making this year.