“We are not afraid. You will not divide us.”—Unite the Right.

White supremacists are scrambling to find lodging in Charlottesville, Virginia for their rally on August 12 — but Airbnb says there are no rooms available for racists.

I commend Airbnb for their bold stance: The global housing rental company is sending a strong message that racism will not be tolerated.

A white nationalist website says it has booked seven houses through Airbnb for 80 to 90 people from white supremacist groups.

But Airbnb isn’t going along with the program: Airbnb is cancelling the accounts of users it has determined are supporting the “Unite the Right” rally, which has infuriated members of the hate group. Members of “Unite the Right” are now calling for a boycott of Airbnb.

“You see this thing going that’s going on with Airbnb,” John Kessler, a “Unite the Right” leader, said in a Twitter video. “Anybody who is not just in the ‘alt-right,’ but who is conservative, right-wing or cares about civil liberties should start boycotting Airbnb. Airbnb are canceling people’s reservations to stay in Charlottesville … based on political ideology.”

Here’s the deal: According to The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate crimes, the rally could be the “largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States.” The “Unite the Right” fanatics are protesting the removal of a Confederate statue but “emboldened by the Trump presidency.”

Whether the rally is large or small, The Southern Poverty Law Center says hate groups are on the rise in America, buoyed by Donald Trump’s victory. Hate groups are feeling more emboldened; they are staging rallies across the country to share their racist message.

The Charlottesville rally is led, in part, by the hateful Richard Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank. Spencer is known for his incendiary rhetoric and his disdain for many racial and ethnic cultures.

“America was until this past generation a white country designed for ourselves and our posterity,” Spencer told a crowd last year after Donald Trump was elected president. “It is our creation, it is our inheritance, and it belongs to us.”

Really? I thought America belonged to all people living in this republic, not to mention the Native Americans that were here well before anyone else.

Meanwhile, University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan is encouraging students and faculty to stay away from the rally.

“One may stand up for one’s beliefs without physical confrontation. I urge students and all UVA community members to avoid the August 12 rally and avoid physical confrontation generally,” Sullivan said in a statement. “There is a credible risk of violence at this event, and your safety is my foremost concern.”

Sullivan makes sense although I’m sure there will be plenty of liberal counter-protestors who will show up to make their voices heard. And good for them.

The “Unite the Right” website says the alt-right group will “affirm the right of Southerners and white people to organize for their interests…free of persecution.”

The racially segregated rhetoric is a stark reminder of Jim Crow. And while white supremacists search for lodging in Charlottesville on Saturday, let’s give a shout out to Airbnb for slamming its doors on gun-happy bigots who are small-minded but potentially dangerous.

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21 thoughts on “No Room For Racists: Airbnb Cancels Alt-Right Reservations

  1. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite,” The quote is from Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.

  2. George on said:

    If the good ole boys would read a little history, they would know that “poor white trash” was thought of as no better than black slaves . It may be their country to kiss the ass of rich white folk who can’t stand them, calling them white nig%as !!!

    • specialt757 on said:

      All true then and now. Look at the country’s president. He doesn’t even address the concerns of poor whites, his only concern is the rich, same ole, same ole. Oh wait, they did re opened a coal mine that didn’t produce nearly the number of jobs he said it would and these people continue to fight against their own interest. Isn’t this where “black lung” disease came from and the same ones that don’t want “Obamacare”? Talk about stupid.

  3. specialt757 on said:

    @Guest
    You are so right about that. The other day I was driving home from work and saw a white bronco, OJ style, with a redneck (let me not forget the “wife beater”) behind the wheel and a huge confederate flag “jimmy-rigged” to the tow hitch somehow, I’m not even sure how he worked that out. But those redneck racists are “crafty” when they attempt to terrorize folks. Me and the driver next to me just looked at each other and shook our heads. LOL WTF? Lol!
    I wanted to tell him to take his poor white trash, trailer park living ass back to the woods from which his mama birthed him (and of course she only had two good teeth in her head, one on the bottom and the other way in the back lol). But that’s all he would have needed, some attention, and I’ll be damn if I was going to make his day.

  4. They have the nerve to talk about boycotting Airbnb. They wouldn’t even make a dent. The majority of those people live in trailers.

  5. specialt757 on said:

    Racists acting like they are victims…plz give me a break. The best thing all racists could do for America is die, their services are no longer needed, and frankly never were.

  6. Passing Through! on said:

    “Unite the Right”? Racist have been united since slavery. I love the way these alt right neo nazi nuts like to unite and honor their whiteness, bitch about how the minorities are taking over stealing their white privilege and paint themselves as some kind of victims of racial injustice….GTFOH!!

  7. Yep I see lawsuits looming after all if this were accommodations for LGBT or BLM canceled liberal wingnuts would be screaming,,,,,can’t have it both ways snowflakes

    • Passing Through! on said:

      @ JHUF The LGBT and BLM aren’t hate groups unlike the KKK the original terrorist of AmeriKKKa, bombing churches killing children, a pack of lynch mobbing freedom oppressors. Comparing peaceful groups who protest injustice to a group of racist savages whose resume includes: lynching black people, murdering Emmett Till, bombing 4 little girls in a church, bombing Dr. Kings home, etc., is like comparing apples and onions. Only a racist like you would compare a human rights organization to a hate group.

      • Well as for BLM that’s your opinion there’s ample video footage that definitely says otherwise, as for LGBT the hole precedent isn’t hate but whether you agree with
        With what they stand for, so YES it’s the same thing,
        As far as you regurgitating something a bunch of “good ol boy” democrats did 60 years ago I guess I can equate some of the racist acts performed by Blacks against whites as part of BLM and the Alt-Left movement

  8. Cecilia Ventris on said:

    GREAT JOB AIRBNB! I STAND WITH YOU AND WITH AMERICA! LET’S SWEEP THIS SLIMY WHITE TRASH UP AND BURN IT ONCE AND FOR ALL AND ALSO SHOW TRUMP THIS IS NOT WHAT AMERICA IS ABOUT! TRUMP IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS TYPE OF RHETORIC AND WE THE PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO STAND FOR IT ANY MORE! #RISE&RESIST #AMERICAFORALL #RESISTALLWHITEHATEGROUPS

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