Airbnb removed listings and apologized on Monday after a TikTok user complained that a “slave cabin” in Greenville, Mississippi, had been listed as a bed and breakfast.
Wynton Yates, a black lawyer from New Orleans, posted a video that went viral last week blasting the online rental app for listing the “Panther Burn Cottage” at Belmont Plantation. Screen captures taken by Yates showed the listing described as an “1830s slave cabin” that had also been used as a “tenant sharecroppers cabin” before being converted into a bed and breakfast.
“How is this okay in somebody’s mind to rent this out — a place where human beings were kept as slaves — rent this out as a bed and breakfast?” Yates asked in the video.
“The history in this country is constantly being denied and now it’s being mocked by turning into a luxurious vacation spot,” Yates said after pointing out the rental featured running water and lighting fixtures, luxuries that were not enjoyed by the enslaved people once held there. (Read more from “Airbnb Apologizes After ‘1830S Slave Cabin’ Was Advertised as Luxury Bed and Breakfast” HERE)
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