A black lawyer has unveiled an Airbnb listing of an 1830 slave cabin marketed as a bed and breakfast, which people are eagerly renting and staying.
TikTok user @lawyerwyntonwhose real name is Wynton Yates, posted a video on his account in which he showed the list and expressed his opinion about it.
“That’s not acceptable at all,” Yates says in the now-viral video, “and I know there’s going to be someone who’s going to say ‘oh, you’re looking for controversy where it doesn’t exist. No, it’s an 1830s slave cabin that’s on Airbnb as a bed and breakfast. How do I know it’s a slave quarter other than by using my eyes and looking at it? Well, they say so in the listing.
Panther Burn Cottage is located on the Panther Burn Plantation property in Panther Burn, Mississippi.
Yates proceeds to read the reviews published on the list by people who have stayed there:
“Memorable“, he quotes.
“We stayed in the sharecropper’s hut and ate in the main house.”
“We enjoyed everything about our stay at the chalet. The history, the tour, the breakfast and everything was great.”
Other criticisms highlighted by Yates describe the controversial accommodations as “historical“, “elegant“, “delicious“, and “cool.”
Yates points out that while some might assume the cabin could potentially provide insight into how African Americans lived during slavery, that is neither the case nor the intent behind it.
Decorated and furnished, with modern comforts and amenities such as running water, lighting and a clawfoot tub, it in no way represents the harsh realities of slave life.
“The story of slavery in this country is constantly denied and now it is being mocked by turning it into a luxury resort,” concludes Yates.
The listing has since been taken down, but Airbnb remains in the hot seat, with many outraged that they were allowing such a thing on their platform in the first place. In many cases, the homestay and vacation rental company has been called out for racial discrimination that exists on its platform. While Airbnb has taken steps to combat this, when it comes to racial sensitivity, it’s obvious the company still has a long way to go.
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