The video appears to show a black female, who was thought to be a school employee or teachers aide, and a black male accusing a white student with dreadlocks of cultural appropriation. The University has since denied she is an actual employee but we are awaiting further confirmation if she has an aide position at the school.
The female has since been identified as Bonita Tindle, whose LinkedIn page (since deleted) says she’s an intern for both the campus Women’s Center and Associated Students Inc., the student government.
At the start of the video the woman can be heard asking, “You got some scissors?”
The man replies, “You’re saying that I can’t have a hairstyle because of your culture? Why?”
“Because it’s my culture.”
At one point, when he tries to walk away, she tries to block him and pulls at his shirt and brings him back down the stairs. She then accuses the male of “putting his hands on her” as she clearly pulls him down the stairs.
The man continues an effort to escape only to have the black female chase after the person recording the video asking why he is taping. The tape stops as she wrestles the recording device from his hands.
SFSU has issued the following statement:
“We are aware of the video made of an incident which occurred on campus yesterday afternoon. University police were called to the scene of the incident when it occurred. The two individuals involved in the incident are not San Francisco State University employees. Further, no criminal charges have been pressed at this time to the University’s knowledge.
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.”
Racial tensions have been running high at the school as nearly 800 students and faculty marched across the SF State campus on a February morning of this year before meeting with the University’s president over looming budget cuts to the nation’s first and only College of Ethnic Studies.
The University is famous for its 1968 student-led strike, the longest campus strike in United States history. The five-month event defined the University’s core values of equity and social justice, laid the groundwork for establishment of the College of Ethnic Studies, and inspired the establishment of ethnic studies classes and programs at other universities throughout the country.