- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 30, 2016

San Francisco State University is investigating a now-viral video showing a black student harassing a white student with dreadlocks for appropriating her culture.

In a video posted on YouTube on Monday, Cory Goldstein and Bonita Tindle are seen arguing in a school hallway about his hairstyle.

“You’re saying that I can’t have a hairstyle because of your culture? Why?” Mr. Goldstein said.

“Because it’s my culture,” Ms. Tindle answered.

The man informed her that dreadlocks are “Egyptian culture” and asked, “Are you Egyptian? Nah, man, you’re not.”

“Are you Egyptian?” Ms. Tindle asked. “Wait, where’s Egypt?”

“You know what, girl … you have no right to tell me what I cannot wear,” Mr. Goldstein said while trying to pass the woman on his way up the stairs.

The woman grabbed his arm, trying to stop him.

“Yo, girl, stop touching me right now,” Ms. Goldstein said. “I don’t need your disrespect.”

She then led Mr. Goldstein back down the stairs by his long-sleeve shirt and said, “You put your hands on me, you’re going to learn.”

When Mr. Goldstein finally walked away, Ms. Tindle asked a man filming the confrontation, “Why are you filming this?”

“For everyone’s safety,” the man answered.

Ms. Tindle then appeared to angrily grab the camera before the video cut out.

San Francisco State officials said in a statement that the confrontation happened on campus Monday and that university police were called to investigate, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Although the title of the video — which had more than 1.3 million views on YouTube by Wednesday morning — said the woman was a campus employee, university officials said none of the people shown were employed by San Francisco State.

“San Francisco State University promotes the rights of the campus community to engage in free speech, but does not condone behavior that impedes the safety or well-being of others,” the university said. “We are taking the matter seriously and will promptly and thoroughly investigate this incident through applicable University channels, including our campus student conduct procedures.”

Mr. Goldstein did file a police report, but it’s the man who filmed the altercation who has requested to press charges against Ms. Tindle. Mr. Goldstein said he’d be happy to have a respectful discussion about his hair in the future, but he has no intention of changing his look.

“At the time, it just really felt like she was demeaning me and demoralizing me,” he told a local ABC News affiliate. “It’s something I’ve had since I was 17 years old and something that’s part of who I am. I believe they are powerful and helped amplify myself and helped me connect to this world.”

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