NAACP Partners With AirBnB To Increase Black Hosts
It’s no secret that Airbnb has a race problem. It was such an issue that it inspired the #AirbnbWhileBlack hashtag where people shared their stories of racism and discrimination. It’s not just Black people who are the victim of the injustice. An Asian woman went viral when her would-be host told her flat out that she wasn’t going to house her simply because she was Asian.
In an effort to do better and improve, the site has set several initiatives in place. Despite an anti-discrimination policy that urges, “users commit to treating all members without bias, regardless of race, religion, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or age,” The Washington Post reported that the NAACP is partnering with Airbnb to find more minority hosts and appeal to minority communities.
“For too long, black people and other communities of color have faced barriers to access new technology and innovations,” said Derrick Johnson, interim president and chief executive of the NAACP.
In addition to recruiting more hosts, the partnership will educate communities on the economic benefits of hosting.
For their help, Airbnb plans to split 20 percent of their profits from this new initiative with the NAACP.
Sounds like it could be a win win for everyone involved.