Airbnb’s racism problem is much bigger than a few racist hosts.
David Robinson
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All I hear from this article is the usual social justice drone of “racism”, “racism”, “racism”, “racism”, “displaced poor people”. Have you thought for one moment that this is occurring because the market demands it? Have you thought that maybe Airbnb is a platform that empowers people to make their own decisions, and if those decisions lead to people being displaced, then perhaps there is an economic shift happening that is a natural result of economic activity? It happens. What about the millions of “displaced” families that no longer live in detroit because of “progressive” policies forcing business out of the city? You are proposing some dangerous ideas that can destroy the economic vitality of Oakland. The truth is, Oakland will be a better city if the tech companies like Uber establish themselves here. Imagine the renaissance that will occur when you import thousands of brilliant engineers who come here, start families, become rooted into the community, establish businesses of their own and hire these poor, black families you are so concerned about being displaced. But Sure, government policy can fix all of that…right?

A previous commenter, Yvonne (a black airbnber), made a valid point. She commented on the fact that your black host was not terribly concerned about not-renting to a black airbnber. There is no racism in a capitalist system. The only color business sees is green. Profit is profit, who cares who’s the customer. If a black airbnb guest has a good reputation, I find it difficult to believe they would be rejected because of their skin color. Especially, when compared to a white person with a bad reputation on airbnb.

Racism only becomes an issue when you involve government and policy. Nowadays, people confuse color with culture, and there’s a big difference between the two. People are too quick to call something racism when, in reality, they’re just concerned about the behavior of the individual. Unfortunately, statistically speaking, color is an indicator of the liklihood of a person behaving a certain way.

Of course, you should morally judge an individual on their behavior, but i just might make some conclusions about a white guy if he walks around with a swastika tatoo on his forehead. Likewise, if some black dude walks in with his pants down to his ankles, speaks with so much ebonics that I can’t understaned him, and generally conducts himself like a thug. Then any person — black or white — will have some reservations about doing business with him. That’s not racism, that’s just common sense.