“This is the south darling, find another place to rest your n***er head.”
Airbnb, the popular lodging website that allows users to rent out available space in their domain and subsequently find similar rentals on the consumer side, is coming under fire after a racist host in North Carolina canceled on an investment banker upon learning she was black. He then proceeded to attack her with a series of racial and sexist slurs.
As first reported by Bossip, Airbnb host Todd Warner initially accepted the reservation of an investment banker that needed temporary housing in Charlotte, only to cancel hours later citing her race as the sole reason.
It began with this exchange:
Then quickly went flagrantly inappropriate.
It continued with:
At this point, the woman sternly told the Mr. Warner to stop messaging her and that she intended to report his profile immediately should he continue.
At this point, the woman told Warner that she was an investment banker with an MBA earning in one of the highest income brackets. “So watch out,” she warned, “I might just buy the apartment/house next to you, and watch you squirm, you piece of shit.”
Airbnb responded on Tuesday, saying that the company had contacted the host but did not offer any further information.
@shanictaylor located the reservation and have emailed the account holder. Kindly see our 2/3
— Airbnb Help (@AirbnbHelp) June 1, 2016
The company has repeatedly come under fire for alleged discrimination, both from renters refusing service to people of color, and from tenants declining to stay in a space made available on the site by a person of color.
“Airbnb is one of the most open, trusted, diverse, transparent communities in the world,” a spokesperson said in an official statement to Bloomberg, “We respond quickly to any concerns raised by hosts or guests, and we have a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination on our platform.”