A 23-year-old black woman, Quirtina Crittenden, creates the hashtag #AirbnbWhileBlack after having been turned down several times on the rental site.
Quirtina Crittenden and many other black travelers shared their experience on Twitter about how difficult it is for a black man to rent a house using Airbnb, which is an alternative to hotels or apartments when people travel for a short period of time.
“#AirbnbWhileBlack made a fake profile as a white guy and was accepted immediately,” a Twitter user @_GSelden writes.
“My wife & I tried to book w/ @AirBnb for a vaycay. Hosts w/ listed available rooms respond w/ ‘Unavailable.’ White friend got ‘available,” another user tweets.
In an interview with NPR Montana, Crittenden explained: “The hosts would always come up with excuses like, ‘Oh, someone actually just booked it’ or ‘Oh, some of my regulars are coming in town, and they’re going to stay there. But I got suspicious when I would check back days later and see that those dates were still available.”
Airbnb’s head of diversity and belonging, David King, responded to the discrimination allegations in a statement saying, “We recognize that bias and discrimination present significant challenges and we are taking steps to address them.”
The company’s website says it prohibits “content that promotes discrimination, bigotry, racism, hatred, harassment or harm against any individual or group, and we require all users to comply with local laws and regulations,” yet those hosts who discriminate black people are not banned from using the platform.
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