I got linked to this blog post which claims that a black friend of the author, visiting San Francisco, got rejected from 4 separate AirBNBs, claiming calendar mixups or scheduling conflicts. This is the kind of reason that can occur but fairly rarely (in my experience, maybe 5 - 10% of the time) so having it happen 4 times in a row stretches the bounds of plausibility.
The reason why this is so shocking to me is that, if you’re in a position to be AirBNBing out places in the Financial District or Embarcadero area of San Francisco, that means that you’re most likely a well educated, upper middle class working professional who is incredibly liberal and PC. These are the people who are a part of my social circle and every one of them would probably be horrified to be accused of racism.
Now, obviously a single anecdote is very different from data and it’s not verified that any of these bookings were denied for actual racist reasons but it does make me curious. For people from traditionally oppressed minorities, how many people do you meet that you feel are genuinely, completely non-racist? Do you think it’s the majority of people and you assume that someone is non-racist unless they do something specifically racist? Or do you think most people are racist and only a few (or no) people are capable of being non-racist?
Also, it would help to include where you are and what kind of social circles you’re observing.