A video that appears to show a San Francisco State University student taking her fellow student to task for having dreadlocks has gone viral, prompting an investigation by campus police. KRON 4 reports that despite claims made in the YouTube link, none of the individuals involved are employed by the school.
The short video, shot March 28, shows an African American woman confronting a young white man over his dreadlocks, and features the following gem of an exchange:
Dreadlocked Guy: "You're saying that I can't have a hairstyle because of your culture? Why?"
Lady: "Yeah, because it's my culture. Do you know what dreadlocks mean?"
As dreadlock man says something about them coming from Egypt and attempts to walk away, the woman appears to grab his arm. "Yo girl, stop touching me right now," he replies. The video ends with the woman smacking the camera.
While we can not confirm that this whole drama was not staged for viral effect (a couple of more cynical SFist staffers think so), a statement from school officials which went out today reads as follows:
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.
While we likely won't know exactly what went down until the investigation is complete, one thing is for sure: At 19, everyone is an idiot.