A video titled 'SFSU 2016 - Campus employee assaults white student for "cultural appropriation"' has gone viral on YouTube, collecting over one million views since it was posted. It reportedly shows a verbal and physical altercation between two students at the Cesar Chavez Student Center at San Francisco State University. Protagonists Cory Goldstein and Bonita Tindle are seen engaging in an intense exchange of opinion about Mr. Goldsteins dreadlock hairstyle and whether or not it is an example of "cultural appropriation", defined by Wikipedia as:
the adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of a different culture. Cultural appropriation is seen by some as controversial, notably when elements of a minority culture are used by members of the cultural majority; this is seen as wrongfully oppressing the minority culture or stripping it of its group identity and intellectual property rights. This view of cultural appropriation is sometimes termed "cultural misappropriation."
Contrary to what the title of the video suggests, Tindle is not employed by SF State according to Jonathan Morales, director of news and new media at SF State.
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 has responded to the incident in a video interview with the Golden Gate Express:
Meanwhile, video of the incident continues to gain viewers by the hour: