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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

VIDEO: At SFSU, Black Student Confronts White Guy Over Dreadlocks

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 1:08 PM

That's disrespectful of me, yo. - SCREENGRAB/YOUTUBE
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  • That's disrespectful of me, yo.
Many people are coming to the defense of a white male student who appears to be accosted by a black female student at San Francisco State University over his white dreadlocks in a video posted to YouTube on Monday.

The video purports to show Bonita Tindle, who’s been identified as an SFSU student employee, accost white dreads-haver Cory Goldstein over his hairdo. During the 46 second clip, another male student, who is black, stands alongside Tindle defending her actions. It’s unclear if the person recording the interaction knew any of the parties involved, but he stops the video when Tindle questions his actions.

One might be inclined to think this was all staged. But as the video continues, it becomes obvious this was embarrassingly real for everyone involved.

It all began with Tindle asking the black male student if he has a pair of scissors (to which he replied no). Then the argument begins:

“You’re saying I can’t have a hair style because of your culture. Why?” asks Goldstein.

“Because it’s my culture,” Tindle replies.

Goldstein then asks Tindle if she knows that his hairstyle comes from Eygpt, but before she can answer he cuts her off, saying, “Naw.”

The black male then asks if Goldstein is Egyptian. Classic dialectics, you guys.

Goldstein tries to walk away up a staircase, but Tindle blocks his path, pushing him back and asking if he knows where Egypt is located. He again tries to walk away, but she grabs his clothing and tells him, “You put your hands on me, you’ll learn to not put your hands on me.” All the while Goldstein is pleading something to Tindle that’s difficult to hear, before clearly saying twice, “I don’t need your disrespect” as he walks away.

Tindle then realizes she’s being filmed and angrily asks, “Why are you filming this?” The man filming then says, “For everyone’s safety,” as Tindle grabs the recording device and the video ends.

The video was posted to YouTube under the name Nicholas Silvera, and it’s the only video posted under that name.

So far the video has sparked responses from conservative websites here and here. One site states that its mission is to “unmask leftists in the media for who they are, destroy their credibility with the American public, and devastate their funding bases.” It also elicited this video response, which contained links to Tindle’s social media presence (all links have since been disabled), and this Reddit thread has generated robust commenting.

Goldstein wrote on his Facebook page that he filed a police report and was “just really shaken up” over the incident.

The majority of responses have defended Goldstein, saying Tindle’s actions were absurd. Tay Zonday, a black singer and actor, said “the girl … exudes profound intellectual poverty. It’s like Toni Morrison mixed chromosomes with Donald Trump and tried to advocate a W.E.B. DuBois position.

We, for one, are inclined to view white dreadlocks as their own crime, but we'll listen to more measured takes and quote The Root. You can have white dreadlocks, but be prepared for the scrutiny.
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