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Black woman comes for White man rocking dreadlocks

Photo Credit: Youtube

Photo credit: YouTube

Well, it appears that Bonita Tindle is sick and tired of the cultural appropriation that continuously occurs when non-Blacks culture-jack hairstyles commonly rocked by Black people. Tindle’s frustration must’ve reached a fever-pitch a few days ago when she encountered Cory Goldstein flaunting his freeform dreadlocks.

In a video that’s now gone viral online, Tindle and Goldstein, both students at San Francisco State University, go toe-to-toe when Tindle makes it clear she’s not impressed with Goldstein’s dreadlocks. In the video, which was recorded by a bystander, Goldstein asks Tindle, “You’re saying that I can’t have a hairstyle because of your culture? Why?”

Standing beside an unidentified student, Tindles responds, “Because it’s my culture.”

“Are you Egyptian? Nah, man, you’re not,” Goldstein rebuts after pointing out that dreadlocks were also worn in Egyptian culture.

Things got hot from there. As Tindle quizzes Goldstein about his heritage and asks if he knows where Egypt is on a map (implying that he should know it’s in Africa and thus a part of Black culture), she and Goldstein get into a minor physical altercation. Tindle appears to attempt to block Goldstein from leaving. She taunts him and pulls his arm, asking him to “come back.” When Goldstein returns, Tindle says, “You put your hands on me, you’re going to learn.” Goldstein answers, “I don’t need your disrespect.”

Following the release of the video Monday, rumors circulated that Tindle was a university employee; however, SFSU investigated and found that to be false.

While Goldstein filed a formal campus police report, he did not file criminal charges. He recently spoke with ABC’s San Francisco station KGO-TV and said that he will not change his hairstyle. “It’s something I’ve had since I was 17 years old and something that’s part of who I am. I believe they are powerful and helped amplify myself and helped me connect to this world,” he said.

In a statement, SFSU shared its position on the matter: “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 yet to surface and share her side of the story.

What do you think? Did Tindle go too far by questioning Goldstein about his hairstyle? Sound off in the comments section below.

 



8 Comments

  1. guest on April 1, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    This woman is a nut and that guy would have been well within his right to smack some sense into her.

  2. guest on April 1, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Dreads don’t “belong” to anyone. They have been rocked by many cultures throughout history. Here’s a more snarky version of the same point: http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/04/the-dreadful-truth-dreadlocks-dont-belong-to-one-culture/

  3. Nelson Kerr on April 2, 2016 at 12:04 am

    The woman let her privilege show, a man would have rightfully been knocked on his ass.

  4. Ostap Bender on April 2, 2016 at 12:08 am

    She needs some counselling. She’s got issues and anger that she doesn’t how to deal with properly.

  5. Kate on April 2, 2016 at 10:15 am

    This woman targeted someone 100% on the basis of his race. She got in his space and his personal business where she had no right to be. She put her hands on him without his consent and made verbal threats. And finally, she confronted the person filming the incident and attempted to steal the phone that made the recording.

    Just imagine this scene played out in reverse – a white man confronting a black female in just this way, while a white female looked on and did nothing to stop it – and then try to tell me there was nothing wrong with the situation. There are not two sets of rules for decent behavior. She’s a racist and a bully.

    • Honest Avy on December 2, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      One of my oldest friends is an adorable little crusty punk dude who had dreads for as long as I’ve known him til last year. I always jokingly called him my son. And right now, the mama bear in me is reading this and wanting to smack the daylights out of her. You do not treat people that way. You don’t block someone who’s trying to get away from you. You don’t grab them to stop them. And had he punched her like he might have punched a man doing all that, he’d have been called misogynist, racist, and so on for hitting a black woman.

      Yes dreads are worn mostly by black people, but they have been worn by many ethnicities and don’t belong to anyone.

  6. KC Schultz on April 3, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Please sign and share the petition to make sure she does not get away
    with her actions. Please help make sure this type of behavior stops:

    https://www.change.org/p/san-francisco-state-university-remove-bonita-tindle-from-campus-for-intimidation-racism-and-bullying

  7. Thetruth on April 9, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    YES she did. it is NONE of her business what a person does with his hair. How about all the black women who straighten there hair, are they infringing on the white culture????????