That every well might be true, but the issue is more complex.
I think the issue is made worse by our use of the word racist; a highly charged word.
People do that a lot, when in reality different words should be used.
If some one dies, it could natural, murder, second degree murder, man slaughter, negligence, an accident...
The accusation of racism is thrown out and it is taken as though the accused is morally repugnant.
It is kind of like abortion activists says abortion is murder.
It is kind of like anti-rape activists who say druken sex is rape.
You can play with the technicalities, but everyone knows the difference between these cases.
If you're a woman who is walking at night and is clubbed in the back of her head and dragged behind a bush and sexually assaulted... you know that is a vastly different thing than getting a bit tipsy and not giving your full informed consent to sexual intercourse.
And so we have this case. The connotation here is just so strong with racism. That there is a severe moral failing with AirBnB's landlords. They're like the KKK or running apartheid.
So of course people get up in arms. In reality, most are just decent people who are trying to maximize their gains and minimize their losses. They detect certain patterns in life and apply it.
I was born in South Africa. I've probably faced more 'racism' than anything African Americans today have faced. I literally was not allowed into white washrooms. We literally did have to apply and wait for housing approval. We literally were not allowed to own certain businesses. We were literally taught genetic inferiority. For the record, I'm not black or white.
That was racist policies. That and slavery and segregation are the mental images people have when you bring up racism and it is why we have such a revulsion to it.
But as we have solved many of these issues and get into less explosive issues, I think the moral failure angle has to stop.
I wouldn't call the AirBnB landlord racist; as in he think blacks people are inferior or genetically criminals.
They're just people in life making calculated choices. Same as I would avoiding a certain neighborhood or whatever the case.
THAT ALL SAID. Just because it is not RACISM, does not mean it is all 'good' and nothing should be done.
I applaud AirBnB for trying to find solution to these; whether it is hiding photos of people or education programs. This does expose a systemic issues of racism; not much different from a black guys trying to get a cab.
The average black person is harmed by the general stereotypes. That does hurt and should be addressed.
What's sad, is most often the solutions involve 'discrimination' in other ways that is equally fought.
I hate it. For example, we grew up poor and in a bad neighborhood when we moved to Canada. Yet, we were hella responsible. Good credit, no criminal record...
Now how could we show someone at AirBnb, that we are responsible. By making a point of no criminal record and good credit; even though we were from a bad neighborhood.
Yet, the anti-discrimination folks have almost pushed too far. In Ontario, Canada for example, they banned the use of credit card scores in determining auto-insurance rates.
They could still use your location. So if you're in a bad neighborhood, you will get screwed. And there's less ways to prove you're a 'good' person in a bad neighborhood.