*It seems Airbnb, the company and website designed to make it a breeze for people to list, find, and rent lodging while vacationing in areas all over the world, continues to have problems with homeowners’ who have issues when it comes to renting to black folk.
In other words: Airbnb spells drama for black people.
You may recall just a few months back, a black man set the Internet ablaze when he outed the issues of race and discrimination he faced trying to rent a place while using his “real” Airbnb profile. He faced no such difficulties when he created more “white-sounding” profiles. And was rented to immediately.
His revelations were followed up by a lawsuit that claimed the company was violating the Fair Housing Act.
On Wednesday (06-01-16), Airbnb banned a North Carolina host for basically, BEING IGNORANT OUT LOUD! When the host was contacted by Shani Taylor, a potential customer, she was hit back with a racist response — which she tweeted via screen shot.
The host, since identified as Todd Warner, threatened to cancel the woman’s reservation saying, “Find another place to rest your n****r head.”
I don’t care what Webster says, if that isn’t the definition of “ignorant,” I don’t know what it is.
Here’s Taylor’s screen shot:
A friend of Taylor’s went even further and posted the entire conversation on her blog, showing where Warner referred to her as “blacky” and used other obscene language.
I don’t blame Airbnb for the ignorance of the people they deal with…IF they STOP dealing with them; as they seem to have done with this man.
A company representative responded to Taylor’s tweet saying, “Airbnb does not condone discrimination in any way. We take this seriously.”
They added, “We have located the reservation and have emailed the account holder.”
Read more at EURThisNthat.