Airbnb’s racism problem is much bigger than a few racist hosts.
David Robinson
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My wife and I are AirBnB hosts in the Bay Area — we’re renting out the lower floor in our house and provide one of those experiences the author purports to be looking for. While I have been doing more laundry and vacuuming and cleaning of toilets than I might like, it has worked for us. I lost my job a couple years ago, and this has helped us meet our expenses.

I have also had many pleasant experiences as an AirBnB guest, mostly in homes like ours.

However, I am very uncomfortable with the way AirBnB has looked the other way when people are taking what used to be rental units where people lived for years, and turning them into short-term rentals. It has certainly distorted the housing market here in the Bay Area.

It’s a challenge to live one’s life with integrity in the world we live in. I am also not a fan of Amazon, which has hurt many brick and mortar stores, especially bookstores, but I’m an author and I sell my book through Amazon.

It’s not that AirBnB and Amazon don’t provide good services as much as that there are side effects that have large impacts on our communities.

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