"We've taken over all of the large AirBnBs in a particular area. We have 80-90 people, and are a mix of various AltRight groups." <a href=" https://www.cnet.com/news/airbnb-says-no-white-supremacist-parties-in-my-house/
"> It was this message </a> posted to the Daily Stormer from user SCNazi that first alerted Airbnb. Since then, the “Uber of property rentals” has announced they will not allow the service to be used by attendees to Charlottesville, Virginia’s Unite the Right rally. This wouldn’t be the first time Airbnb had banned users over alleged racism. In April a woman was banned as an Airbnb host due to refusing rental of her home to an Asian woman. Airbnb worked hand in hand with California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing to ensure there is no racial discrimination. The irony inherent in the fact that they are refusing service to people based on political opinions in order to protect against discrimination evidently falls on deaf ears.
Airbnb commented to Cnet via email: "Those who are members of the Airbnb community accept people regardless of their race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age." Any users found, or believed to be pursuing any behavior inconsistent or antithetical to its Community Commitment will lead the company to "seek to take appropriate action including, as in this case, removing them from the platform.”
Airbnb spoke to NBC29 about the overnight bans: ‘‘When through our background check processes or from input of our community we identify and determine that there are those who would be pursuing behavior on the platform that would be antithetical to the Airbnb Community Commitment, we seek to take appropriate action including, as in this case, removing them from the platform.’’
<iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_64bxPbCOvk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> (Jason Kessler, UTR organizer on cancelled permit)
<a href="http://www.c-ville.com/counter/#.WY4Tf1GGO1s"> This is not the only case of discrimination </a> that attendants of the Unite the Right Rally may face. A series of rainbow-colored signs have been spotted in downtown Charlottesville near where the event will take place that read: “We are open in protest of the recent demonstrations of hate. If you are victimized, please come inside! We will call the authorities for you!” Cinema Taco, The Whiskey Jar, Mudhouse Coffee Roasters and Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar are among local businesses sporting the sign. Unite the Right rally organizer Jason Kessler is banned from some of these locations.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Alt-Right is being refused service … at lunch counters … in the South … for engaging in a peaceful demonstration … 🤔🤔🤔 <a href="https://t.co/m8OjT7WlNQ">pic.twitter.com/m8OjT7WlNQ</a></p>— Richard ☝🏻Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) <a href="https://twitter.com/RichardBSpencer/status/896054317211238400">August 11, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Richard Spencer reports via Twitter that Alt-Righters are being refused service, an ironic return to pre-Jim Crow era, except in this case political perspective rather than skin tone are cited as reason to refuse service. ).
This is not the only <a href="http://nypost.com/2017/06/07/movie-theater-sued-for-women-only-wonder-woman-screenings/"> recent case of discrimination in the news lately </a>. A theater has recently been sued for refusing service to males in a Wonder Woman screening (which happens to be completely illegal).
<a href="http://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2017/08/kessler-sues-city-over-decision-to-move-unite-the-right-rally/"> Jason Kessler is suing the City of Charlottesville and City Manager Maurice Jones </a> as of Thursday regarded to the attempts by City officials to “shut it down.” According to City Attorney Craig Brown in email to The Charlottesville Cavalier Daily the city plans to defend their position regardless of the suit’s claim of “viewpoint discrimination.” Regardless of how this turns out it promises to be a landmark ruling as far as the legality of discriminating on the basis of political or other viewpoints.
The ACLU has come out in support of Kessler’s case arguing that the city has no factual basis for safety concerns regarding “many thousands” of attendants, also pointing out that the city has safely accommodated events with as many as 4,000 people and considering the size of Emancipation/Lee Park it should be able to safely accommodate up to 29,000 people.
“The City’s claim that it cannot safely manage a demonstration involving 400 people and possibly ‘thousands’ is belied by the fact that the City routinely manages crowds of up to 3,500 people at the Sprint Pavilion on the Downtown Mall and has previously granted permits for rallies and events with ‘thousands’ of attendees in Emancipation Park without incident or intervention from the City,”
<a href= “https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2NzRxgEwqrlS081eFU0VFIwY3c/view”> the lawsuit states.</a>
Kessler is arguing for a temporary restraining order or injunction that would allow for demonstration at Lee Park, as per the original permit.
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Image Attribution, <a href=”http://www.occidentaldissent.com/charlottesville-8/“> Occidental Dissent </a>