Is it OK for White people to wear dreadlocks, or does the hairstyle belong to us?
Many are asking that question after a video went viral, showing a Black woman confronting a White man with dreadlocks Monday on San Francisco State University’s campus. School officials are now investigating the incident, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The YouTube video, which had 2.4 million views by Thursday morning, starts with the woman accusing the man of cultural appropriation.
He argues that dreadlocks were part of Egyptian culture. She then demands he acknowledge Egypt is located in Africa. The man tries to walk away, but she appears to pull him back to finish their discussion.
He says, “Yo, girl, stop touching me right now. I don’t need your disrespect.”
She then accuses him of touching her: “You put your hands on me?”
The whole time, another man with a high-top fade, who appears to be African-American, watches, mostly silent but clearly engaged in the debate.
Afterward, the woman puts her hand in front of the camera lens and demands to know why a bystander is recording the encounter.
School officials released a statement the next day. It explains that the woman in the video is not an employee, even though the video title calls her one. The statement reads:
“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.”
University police responded to the scene, but school officials were unaware of any criminal charges.