This week, a video of a Black woman and white man engaged in a heated hair discussion hit the web and almost immediately went viral. At issue? The woman wasn’t too pleased the man was wearing locs and accused him of appropriating Black culture.
Part of the heated exchange was filmed by a bystander who said he began recording “for everyone’s safety.”
In the 47-second clip, Cory Goldstein, asks the woman, identified by RT as Bonita Tindle, “You’re saying that I can’t have a hairstyle because of your culture? Why?”
Tindle tells Goldstein he shouldn’t wear locs “because it’s my culture,” and he disagrees, asking her, “Do you know it was in Egyptian culture?”
The brief, but tense conversation continues to escalate until Goldstein decides to leave and Tindle blocks his path. The pair then begin pushing and tugging each other until Goldstein finally storms off, telling Tindle, “I don’t need your disrespect.”
In an interview with Xpress News, Goldstein explained why he thinks it’s okay for white people to wear locs.
“It’s not even a part of the colored community’s culture. It’s in Egyptian culture, it’s in Viking culture, you’ll see it in Victorian culture, it’s everywhere. It’s not something that is just part of the colored community,” he explained.
Cultural appropriation has been a hot topic of conversation these past few years, but confronting a stranger about how they choose to wear their hair seems like a bad idea for anyone.
What do you think? Did Tindle cross the line or was she right to confront Goldstein about his hair?