San Francisco State University is carrying out an investigation after a video emerged of a black woman accusing a white male of cultural appropriation.
The 46-second video uploaded to YouTube shows Bonita Tindle accosting a student named Cory Goldstein in a school hallway because he had styled his hair into dreadlocks. Another black student, standing in the background, is apparently supporting her, as he hands her a pair of scissors, supposedly to cut off Goldstein’s locks.
“You're saying I can't have a hair style because of your culture. Why?” asks Goldstein.
“Because it's my culture,” the woman says.
As the student tries to walk away from the confrontation, the woman repeatedly tries to block him before finally giving way.
“I just got physically assaulted because I have dreadlocks woe (sic),” Goldstein, an aspiring DJ, wrote on his Facebook post.
He later added a statement that he did not intend to file criminal charges but has reported the incident to the campus police. Tindle has since deactivated her social media account.
San Francisco State University issued a statement on its website claiming they were investigating the confrontation and did not “condone behavior that impedes the safety or well-being of others.”
The university is not the only place where innocent students are harassed because of alleged racial misdeeds.
The chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater unfairly branded two girls as racists when they posted a picture of themselves with facials on Snapchat.
Although there is no denying the fact that cultural appropriation does exist, making bones out of supposed minor transgressions not only serves to make people look absurd, it also puts back the cause of minority rights years back.