Black Airbnb users have been exposing the racist tendencies of the company's hosts with the hashtag #AirbnbWhileBlack. One potential guest, however, has taken this a step further: He's provided proof that Airbnb's hosts are unapologetically discriminating against people of color.
Greg Selden, an Airbnb customer based in Virginia, took to Twitter to show how a host rejected him.
The 25-year-old initially used his own photos while requesting to stay at an apartment in Philadelphia. The host told him the room is unavailable.
The host told Selden "the place is not available."
However, Selden noticed that Airbnb showed the place as "available" even after the host told him it wasn't.
So, Selden took drastic measures to prove that the AirBNB host discriminated against him because he's Black.
Greg Selden created two new profiles. In both, he changed his photo and his name. For one, he uploaded a photo of a white male about his age that went by the name Jessie. His second went by "Todd" and he changed his photo to an older white man. Selden even changed his location from Virginia to Raleigh, North Carolina.
He inquired about the same listing for the same dates.
Of course, the host immediately accepted "Todd."
While Selden understands that Airbnb hosts have the right to be picky about who they accept, he told BuzzFeed that this reeks of racism.
"I just wish the determining factor had to do with something other than my skin color," Selden told BuzzFeed News.
He confronted the host in a series of screenshots provided to Revelist.
"I just want to let you know that I'm quite aware of you not renting to me because of my skin color," Selden wrote to the host. "I'm sorry for your prejudice ways and quite disappointed to see people like you are still present. I do not know you and you do not know me, but I hope for your sake that in the future you'll be able to to see a human as a human without discriminating on the color of their skin. Bless you my man."The host told Seldin that his accusation isn't true.