An 1830s slave cabin listed on Airbnb as a luxury stay has been criticized for its tone-deaf nature.
TikTok user Wynton Yates, who goes by @LawyerWinton, drew attention to the listing, posting screenshots of the 1830s structure – which has been moved from a nearby plantation to the one on which it currently sits – which has been advertised as a “meticulously restored” bed. et-breakfast
“The history of slavery in this country is constantly denied and now it’s being mocked by turning it into a luxurious vacation spot,” Yates says in the clip, which has been viewed more than 2.6 million times. time.
The listing – which has since been removed from Airbnb – was advertised as “The Panther Burn Cottage at Belmont Plantation” in Greenville, Mississippi. The description said it was once a slave cabin in the 1830s, then a sharecropper’s cabin and medical practice for local farmers.
“How is it acceptable in someone’s mind to rent that?” A place where human beings were kept as slaves,” the civil rights lawyer asks in the now viral video.
In screenshots posted by the TikToker, owner Brad was identified as a Superhost, someone who “goes above and beyond his hosting duties and is a shining example of what a host should be.” , according to their website.
He adds that the rave reviews for the property are equally shocking, with guests describing their stay as “historic yet elegant” and “memorable”.
Yates says an accurate history of the cabin was not shown at all, with no attempt to educate people about the real conditions slaves lived in, with the accommodation fitted with modern amenities such as Wi- Fi and running water.
Mic reports that there are several other properties that also advertise other former slave quarters as luxury accommodations.
An Airbnb representative told the Post in a statement that “properties that once housed slaves have no place on Airbnb. We apologize for any trauma or heartache created by the presence of this listing, and others similar, and that we have not acted sooner to resolve this issue. The representative added that in recent days the company has removed the Mississippi listing, removes listings in the United States known to include former neighborhoods of slavery – and works with experts to develop new policies that address other properties associated with slavery.
In a follow-up video, Yates says he thinks slave huts on plantations should be kept in their original conditions, to educate people about the conditions that enslaved men, women and children had to endure.
“Owners of these properties these days should be compelled, or feel compelled, to research and find the history of these places, of these plantations, to find the people who lived here, their lives, their names, because there are ancestors of people who are still alive today,” he says.
“There are so many black Americans in this country who don’t have the opportunity, the resources, or the ability to know who their ancestors are, to know the names of their ancestors,” he continues, quoting the Whitney Plantation in Louisiana as an example of somewhere not afraid of its story in another clip.
“I think these places should stay, but they should stay in a way that gives something back to the communities that are still affected by the events that happened in these places,” he explains.