After backlash from a TikTok video in regards to the residence, Airbnb pulled the advert for “an 1830s slave cottage” from the vacation rental site on Monday, August 1. Airbnb apologized after eradicating the Panther Burn Cottage from Belmont Plantation in Greenville, Mississippi.
“There is not any place on Airbnb for properties that when served as slave quarters. We remorse any hurt or unhappiness attributable to this itemizing or others prefer it, and we’re sorry that we didn’t transfer sooner to resolve this example, in accordance to a press release from Airbnb. It additional said that the company is working diligently with its specialists to develop insurance policies that may counter such listings.
Who owns Panther Burn Cottage?
Panther Burn Cottage has solely been beneath Brad Hauser’s possession for 3 weeks. In a press release to CNN, Hauser stated: “I apologise for the decision to allow our visitors to stay in “the slave quarters” beneath the 1857 antebellum property that’s now a mattress and breakfast as a result of the three-week-old new proprietor of The Belmont in Greenville, Mississippi. I moreover regret disrespecting African Americans who had been descendants of slaves.” He outlined that Joshua B. Cain, who had beforehand owned the property, had promoted it as such.
“I strongly disagreed with the previous owner’s decision to sell the building as the spot where slaves formerly slept after toiling in the cotton fields in human servitude,” Hauser acknowledged. Until the TikTok video went frequent, he claimed Cain had locked him out of the social media and rental property accounts and left behind the itemizing.
The TikTok video that went viral
Wynton Yates, a Black authorized skilled from New Orleans, launched the video on his site “How is renting this out acceptable in somebody’s thoughts? Is this a mattress and breakfast or a facility the place folks have been held as slaves? Yates posted a quantity of screenshots that confirmed the property’s description and its superior score of 4.97 out of 5 with 68 evaluations.
The historical past of slavery in our nation is persistently suppressed, and now it’s being insulted by being reworked into a complicated trip vacation spot, Yates continued.” He outlined that Yates was compelled to title the property out after his brother initially pointed it out in an effort to lease it. The Panther Burn Cottage is described as “an 1830s slave cabin from the existing Panther Burn Plantation to the south of Belmont” throughout the screenshots that Wynton Yates shared. It has moreover used as a medical facility for native farmers and their households to go to the plantation doctor as well as to a cabin for tenant sharecroppers.”