Airbnb bans former ‘slave quarters’ from its listings

Airbnb bans all properties that once housed slaves from its listings.

“Properties that once housed slaves have no place on Airbnb,” the company said in a statement to USA TODAY days after a TikTok post went viral about a “slave shack.” offered as a bed and breakfast on Airbnb. “We apologize for any trauma or grief created by the presence of this listing, and others like it, and that we did not act sooner to resolve this issue.”

Wynton Yates, the attorney whose TikTok post has gone viral, told USA TODAY, “If you only saw the interior photos, you wouldn’t have any idea the history of this building, and I think that to me it’s a mockery of the experience. … It’s the continued erasure of what the experience of slavery was.

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Airbnb has removed the property in question, although several sites the hosts described as former “slave quarters” were still listed on Airbnb as of Monday.

“We are removing listings known to include former slave quarters in the United States,” Airbnb said. “We are working with experts to develop new policies that address other properties associated with slavery.”

Dr Minkah Makalani, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for African Studies at Johns Hopkins University, said: “These places, they should be seen and treated the same as we would other places. sites of mass atrocities and human rights violations. and the terror and violence that was imposed on black people in these places. »

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