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.


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  1. iamcuriousblue
    March 29, 2016 at 11:49 am

    I find it odd that this story names the victim but does not ID the perpetrator. That seems the reverse of usual journalistic practice.

    Second, I think this piece downplays what actually happened – if you listen to the beginning, she asks her friend (who’s not a mere bystander here) for some scissors, apparently to do an on-the-spot haircut on Goldstein. That’s a far more serious assault than merely trying to “pull someone back into the conversation”.

    Third, there are reports that the perpetrator is an employee of Associated Students of SFSU. If this assault was being done on behalf of student union policy, however misguided this lady’s interpretation, that’s also pretty serious.

    • whatever
      March 29, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      The other issue is what seems to be an assault (grabbing the phone) on the photographer.

    • matt10023
      March 29, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      He had it coming because of the way he looked. You know, blame the victim.

    • WarOnMugs
      March 29, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Presumably they ID’d her after you posted this?

      • iamcuriousblue
        March 29, 2016 at 9:54 pm

        That’s the case, yes.

  2. Braun Baer
    March 29, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Her name is Bonita Tindle. Her own damn name is cultural appropriation. This is what happens when the campus allows racial pride rallies. Bad business.

    • Bob
      March 29, 2016 at 5:07 pm

      I’m confident Critical Race Theory immunizes black people against claims of cultural appropriation. Lulz. How a political belief system as corrupt as Scientology became a “scholarly pursuit” is exhibit #1 why our colleges need a complete overhaul. (FWIW, Norse Vikings wore dreadlocks so…)

    • Bob
      March 29, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      So is her nose ring. Sigh.

  3. MileHigh
    March 30, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Bonita Tindle should be arrested for physical intimidation and making threats.

  4. Jay Steremy
    March 31, 2016 at 9:35 am

    I think it’s funny as hell when the ultra progressive, snot nosed, PC and social justice warrior crowd starts turning on their own, like sharks eating their young.

  5. Chris M
    March 31, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Bonita Tindle is a racist and bigot this girl does not belong on any Campus and should not be a member of media intern for Associated Students of SFSU
    what is that a Hate Group…?????

  6. goobie
    April 1, 2016 at 7:40 am

    So, they are now saying that she did this because he called her btch. But, that is just hearsay. The “bystander” is probably her accomplice David Spain who is trying to exculpate himself. He is an accessory to assault and he knows it. He said “her struggle had been going on for a while” meaning Cory knew what she was trying to do, corner him and browbeat him over her racial issues. He was trying to avoid her for obvious reasons. She’s been doing this for a while. Bonita Tindle was an employee and she should be banned from that campus. Also, her accessory David Spain stands by smiling while she threatens Mr. Goldstein with harm via a pair of Scizzors while David Spain stands by smiling. David Spain works for LYRIC which supposedly helps LGBTQ youth as a Gay Educator.
    David Spain has no business educating anyone least of all vulnerable kids seeing as he is a racist.
    Everyone should call Lyric which is located on Collingwood in San Francisco. Executive Director Jodi Schwartz can be reached at If he is not removed, a boycott of Lyric should start immediately.
    I suggest everyone call Lyric and demand David Spain be removed from his job and any relationship with Bonita Tindle cease ASAP.
    Take Action now, Fight Racism

  7. KC Schultz
    April 3, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Please sign and share the petition to make sure she does not get away
    with her actions. Please help make sure this type of behavior stops:

    April 5, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    He needs to press charges. That’s the only way anything is going to get resolved.. Don’t be surprised when they sweep this under the rug.

  9. Ogre Magi
    April 6, 2016 at 6:01 am

    I heard that at the SF newspaper online a woman said Davia Spain (the guy in the trench coat) accosted her in Dolores Park

    for being white and carrying Central America bags. Lectured her about appropriation

    of their culture, then found her online and attacked her again.

    Did this really happen?

    Has any one got a link to this post?