A Black woman recently tried to reserve a residence in Charlotte, N.C. via Airbnb. At first, her request was accepted, but the host, identified as Todd Warner, later rejected her. He then messaged her repeatedly with racial slurs.
The woman was a 28-year-old student at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. According to the request she made to Warner on the Airbnb site, she was planning to be in Charlotte for a new job and needed a temporary residence. Apparently, the woman’s profile pic featured a White friend. The man thought the person making the request was the White woman, but quickly canceled the reservation when he realized the renter was Black.
Airbnb responded to the post.
You can read all of the man’s disturbing messages here.
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