A video that shows a black San Francisco State University student accusing a white student with dreadlocks of cultural appropriation is attracting considerable attention online.
“You’re saying I can’t have a hairstyle because of your culture? Why?” asks a student who has been identified as Cory Goldstein in the video. “Because it’s my culture,” says the other student, who at one point also asks a bystander for a pair of scissors. Later in the video, she briefly blocks Goldstein's attempt to leave.
University police were called to the scene of the incident, which happened on campus, but no one has been charged with a crime, according to a university statement. “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,” the statement reads. “We are taking the matter seriously and will promptly and thoroughly investigate this incident through applicable university channels, including our campus student conduct procedures.”
The woman in the video has yet to respond publicly, but Goldstein has discussed the incident further in a video that can be found here.
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