A viral video (below) filmed at San Francisco State University in California on March 28 shows a black female student confronting a white male student about wearing dreadlocks.
The video is entitled "Campus employee assaults white student for cultural appropriation," but SFSU issued a statement to SFGate on March 29 that debunked some of the title:
"We are aware of the video made of an incident which occurred on campus yesterday afternoon. University police were called to the scene of the incident when it occurred.
"The two individuals involved in the incident are not San Francisco State University employees. Further, no criminal charges have been pressed at this time to the University's knowledge."
According to SF Weekly, the female student is Bonita Tindle and the white student is Cory Goldstein. The news site adds that Goldstein wrote on Facebook that he filed a report with the police and was “just really shaken up."
Several conservative websites have jumped on the video and criticized Tindle with calls of retribution, notes The Daily Dot.
In the video, Goldstein asks Tindle why he cannot have a hairstyle because of her culture.
"Because it's my culture, do you know what dreadlocks mean?" Tindle asks him.
"Do you know it was in Egyptian culture, are you Egyptian?" Goldstein fires back. "Nah, (unintelligible), you're not."
Tindle and an unidentified black male ask Goldstein if he is Egyptian, and he says he is not.
"It doesn't matter," Goldstein says.
Tindle asks Goldstein where Egypt is, and he tries to walk off, but Tindle blocks him from going up the stairs and puts her hands on him, but not in a violent manner.
Goldstein tries to walk up the stairs on the other side and is blocked by Tindle again.
"Yo girl, stop touching me right now," Goldstein tells Tindle and pushes her away.
Tindle appears to grab his hand and says, "Come back."
"Get off of me!" Goldstein responds.
"Come back, come back, come back," Tindle states. "You put your hands on me, you'll learn to not put your hands on me."
As Goldstein heads up the stairs, Tindle spots the person who has been filming the incident and says, "Why are you filming this?"
A male voice says, "For everyone's safety."
At that point, it appears that Tindle reaches for and grabs the camera.