Two members of the San Francisco State University community were caught on video on March 28 in a confrontation over "cultural appropriation" due to a student's dreadlocks (video below).
In the video, Bonita Tindle is arguing with a white student over his dreadlocks, telling him he shouldn't wear the hairstyle because he is white. KRON cites the university as confirming both people in the video are students, while Conservative Outfitters claims Tindle is empolyed by the university.
"You're saying that I can't have a hairstyle because of your culture?" the student asks.
"Yeah, because it's my culture," Tindle replies. She begins to push him, prompting him to push back. They argue for several more seconds before the student walks off in frustration.
"Why are you filming this?" Tindle asks the cameraman.
"For everyone's safety," the cameraman responds.
San Francisco State University subsequently released a statement after the video went viral, reports KRON.
"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."
"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. We are taking the matter seriously and will promptly and thoroughly investigate this incident through applicable University channels, including our campus student conduct procedures."
Tindle has reportedly been an employee of the school in various roles since September 2015, Conservative Outfitters reported. The site says her Linkedin profile listed her as an assistant media instructor and intern with Associated Students, Inc.
The video prompted mixed responses online, though most condemned Tindle's behavior.
"For crying out loud, seriously? Everything came from somewhere. Are we going to start telling people they can't do this or that because it was created hundreds of years ago by someone else and they didn't say we could use it?" reader Tammy A. commented on KRON's site.
"Why can't people just mind their own business and be happy living their own lives? The more I see the way people are the further away I move."