A video showing a black girl and her friend stopping a white man wearing dreadlocks in his hair has been viewed thousands of times online.
The 47-second clip shows a woman physically stopping a white boy with dreadlocked hair and confronting him for ‘appropriating her culture’.
SF Weekly has identified the man with the dreadlocks as Cory Goldstein.
Both the woman and Goldstein are San Francisco State University students and the confrontation is believed to have happened on the school’s campus.
In the video another male student, who is also black, defends the woman.
After stopping him to say he’s appropriating a traditionally black hairstyle, she asks her friend if he has a pair of scissors.
‘You’re saying I can’t have a hair style because of your culture. Why?’ asks Goldstein.
‘Because it’s my culture,’ the woman says.
He makes a comment about it ‘being Egyptian’ and he asks her if she’s Egyptian.
She then throws the question back at him asking him if he’s Egyptian before asking over and over ‘Where is Egypt?’
She then creates a physical barrier to prevent him from walking up a stairwell.
‘Yo, stop touching me right now,’ Goldstein tells her.
She then pulls him down the stairs saying, ‘come here’, and tells him not to put his hands on her.
Goldstein wrote on his Facebook after the incident: ‘I just got physically assaulted because I have dreadlocks woe.’
He later posted an update saying he is ‘not filing any criminal charges against the girl who harassed me yesterday. I did file a formal campus police report and I decided to let the education system deal with her’.
‘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’