Argument over dreadlocks prompts investigation at San Francisco college

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A viral video of a black woman confronting a white man about his dreadlocks has sparked an investigation at San Francisco State University.

In the video, which was posted to YouTube Monday, the pair argue near a set of stairs in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. San Francisco State University's Golden Gate [X]press student newspaper identified the man as Cory Goldstein. The woman was identified by SF Weekly as Bonita Tindle.

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"You're saying that I can't have a hairstyle because of your culture?" Goldstein asks in the video.

"Yeah," Tindle responds, "because it's my culture."

The pair argue over the origin of dreadlocks and Tindle blocks Goldstein's way as he tries to get past her and up some stairs.

"Yo, girl, stop touching me now, I don't need your disrespect," Goldstein says as he makes it past Tindle. She turns to the cameraman and asks why he's filming.

"Just for everyone's safety," he responds before she appears to grab at the camera.

In a post on Facebook, Goldstein said he did not file criminal charges against the woman.

"I did file a formal campus police report and I decided to let the education system deal with her," he wrote.

In a statement released Tuesday, San Francisco State University officials said campus police responded to the scene on Monday. They denied reports the involved students were employees and confirmed no criminal charges had been pressed against either person.

"We are taking the matter very seriously and will promptly and thoroughly investigate this incident through applicable university channels, including our campus student conduct procedures," officials said.