UPDATED: Video of Student Center argument goes viral
A video of an argument between two people in the lower level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center started gaining traction online Monday.
The video, titled “SFSU 2016 – Campus employee assaults white student for ‘cultural appropriation,'” shows the student, Cory Goldstein, arguing with Associated Students, Inc. intern Bonita Tindle over Goldstein’s dreadlocks.
The 46-second clip shows Tindle trying to physically pull Goldstein back into the conversation as he leaves and Goldstein physically pushing Tindle away.
The video went up on a YouTube page accredited to Nicholas Silvera on Monday and had garnered more than 90,000 views and 2,000 comments at the time of publication, less than 24 hours after it was posted. It has since been reposted on YouTube twice. The original video also sparked a debate on a 4chan board called “Politically Incorrect.”
The Golden Gate Xpress will update the story as more information comes in about the video and those involved.
Update: SF State has provided a statement regarding the video:
“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.”
Update: Goldstein said in a public Facebook post that he won’t be pressing charges against Tindle but he did file a campus police report about the incident.
Update: The woman in the video has been identified on Twitter as Bonita Tindle, an SF State photography student and media intern for Associated Students, Inc. An earlier version of this article referred to her only as the woman in the video.