Post by High Priestess on Aug 11, 2018 15:49:29 GMT
A guest who'd inquired about staying with a friend in an AIrbnb listing in Canada, found the host asking "is he black?" and then was shocked to read the host saying "there are no blacks allowed in this building."
AIrbnb removed the hosts' listing, but that wasn't sufficient for the Airbnb guest, who wanted all the information on the host, in order to try to press charges with a Canadian tribunal for "human rights abuse." All messages and details about the host and listing were removed when the listing was removed.
As disturbing as this might have been for the guest, I can't see how such an incident would amount to "human rights abuse", a phrase which conjures images like people being imprisoned for thought crimes, or governments kidnapping children to force them to work in underground mines.
Given that no one has any civil right to stay in someone else's private home, there is no violation of "rights" when people are rejected, even with overtly racist statements. Such acts may be a violation of non-discrimination policies, but they are not violations of "rights".
I'd like to suggest that PROPORTION is a very valuable term, and it's one that's often lost in a culture of seeking to have power over others through the use of claims of victimization and hurt feelings.