San Francisco State University Dreadlocks Controversy

San Francisco State University Dreadlocks Controversy

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Updated Mar 31, 2016 at 05:25PM EDT by Don.

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San Francisco State University Dreadlocks Controversy refers to a video in which San Francisco State University (SFSU) student Corey Goldstein is grabbed by fellow student Bonita Tindle for wearing dreadlocks under the justification that he is committing cultural appropriation.


On March 28th, YouTuber Nicholas Silvera uploaded footage of SFSU student Bonita Tindle physically harassing student Corey Goldstein and accusing him of committing cultural appropriation for wearing dreadlocks (shown below). Within 72 hours, the video gathered upwards of 2.5 million views and 13,400 comments.

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Online Reaction

The following day, a reupload of the video was submitted to /r/videos, where it gained over 2,400 votes (93% upvoted) and 1,000 comments before it was removed from the /r/videos frontpage by subreddit moderators. Meanwhile, Redditor MollyOverwatch reposted the video to /r/PublicFreakout,[2] where it accumulated more than 4,600 votes (92% upvoted) and 1,100 comments in the first 48 hours. The same day, YouTuber Tay Zonday criticized Tindle in a comment on the video, accusing her of exuding "profound intellectual poverty" (shown below).

TayZonday21 minutes ago This is very disappointing. The girl, besides assaulting this young man, exudes profound intellectual poverty. It's like Toni Morrison mixed chromosomes with Donald Trump and tried to advocate a W.E.B. DuBois position. Reply . 13 1 Hide replies

Also on March 29th, YouTubers The Hodgetwins posted a video reacting to the controversy, in which they call Tindle "crazy" and mock her friend by comparing him to the cartoon character Inspector Gadget (shown below).

Goldstein's Response

On March 29th, 2016, the Xpress News YouTube channel uploaded footage of Goldstein giving his side of the story and responding to those who claim white people should not wear dreadlocks (shown below).

The same day, the CBS San Francisco news station KPIX posted an interview with Goldstein, who revealed he would not press charges against Tindle (shown below).

Dreadlocked man responds to viral video of SFSU confrontation

The man seen on a viral video being confronted by a woman over his dreadlocks and her accusations of cultural appropriation is taking things in stride. what else he had to say to reporter Mike Sugerman tonight on KPIX 5 at 5:00 and 6:00.

Posted by KPIX CBS San Francisco Bay Area on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

San Francisco State University's Response

On March 29th, SFSU released a statement about the incident on,[10] in which the university claimed to be "taking the matter seriously" and would be conducting a thorough investigation through "applicable University channels."

News Media Coverage

In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the online backlash to the video, including Reason,[3] The Sun,[4] The Daily Mail,[5] SF Weekly,[6] NY Daily News,[7] The Washington Post[8] and ABC News.[9]

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Out of all the things people stupid "issues" people whine about, cultural appropriation has got to annoy me the most. These dumbasses don't realise that most cultures are like what they are today because they assimilated aspects from other cultures; those that didn't stagnated and died. And for fucks sake the man just hasn't washed his hair is wearing dreads, a style that no one invented so it's actually pretty damn racist to assume that only black people don't wash their hair can have dreads.


"The same day, the CBS San Francisco news station KPIX posted an interview with Goldstein, who revealed he would not press charges against Tindle."

The guy gets accosted and chooses not to press charges.



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