September 16, 2016
Rohan Gilkes, an African-American entrepreneur, tried to book lodging for his summer vacation this July through Airbnb, a popular worldwide home-sharing company that allows people to rent their rooms, apartments or entire homes on a short-term basis to travelers, through one-on-one transactions. When an Airbnb host declined his request for a reservation, Gilkes was surprised. “I had heard about #AirbnbWhileBlack,” he says, mentioning a Twitter hashtag that circulated widely after African-American users complained publicly about racial discrimination by Airbnb hosts. “So I got one of my [white] friends to apply, and they were approved right away.”…
Source: http://www.voanews.com/a/critics-say-airbnb-s-antidiscrimination-policy-is-not-enough/3514452.html