Earlier this year, the hashtag #AirbnbWhileBlack caught media attention and the story of Rohan Wilkes being discriminated against while using Airbnb on a trip to Idaho went viral. Several other Black Airbnb users went to Twitter to share their stories and hopefully get the company to come up with a solution.
Requested a rental in Croatia, the woman responded & said the price was more which I was happy to pay, then radio silence #AirbnbWhileBlack— gabby owens (@becauseimlittle) April 29, 2016
I've tried to use @Airbnb ... Funny how the dates I request are ALWAYS booked even when they show as "available". #fuckem #AirbnbWhileBlack— Aᴋ (@aksala13) April 29, 2016
My wife & I tried to book w/ @AirBnb for a vaycay. Hosts w/ listed available rooms respond w/ 'Unavailable.' White friend got 'available.'— 777-9311 (@MiQL) December 13, 2015
(and it comes from a man in my own hometown...)
My friend and classmate here at Kellogg had a hateful and racist encounter with an @Airbnb host. pic.twitter.com/rFHlwqy5sQ— Shani C. Taylor (@shanictaylor) May 31, 2016
“Instead of begging for change, waiting for change, and just being passive, at some point, you have to take action and make the change that you want to see happen.”- Gilkes
Rohan Gilkes and Zakiyyah Myers joined together to create, Noirebnb. After a failed attempt to collaborate with another Black-owned business that had a similar idea, Noirebnb was forced to change its name to Innclusive. Innclusive will allow its users the ease of knowing that they can stay in welcoming environments and meet new people while they travel. The best part: if a host denies you certain dates, the system will prevent them from allowing them to other travelers.
Meet the creative geniuses behind the Innclusive initiative.
Zakiyyah Myers is a world traveler and mother of two. She has been traveling and building relationships around the world for the past 20 years. She brings over two decades of management, operations, strategy, and logistical experience to this venture. Zakiyyah is a member of the NomadnessTribe, Travel Noire, and quite possibly every other travel group under the sun.
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