Let me preface this by stating that I’m not a leftie, nor am I too fond of the race baiting done by the media. This trend of throwing around accusations of racism willy nilly bothers me to no end.
With that being said…
Our air bnb rental is in a predominantly black neighborhood, but a safe, middle class neighborhood nonetheless. It has its own security and the neighborhood is very well maintained. Lawns are always mowed, etc. It’s in the suburbs, so not even inner city by any means. The houses all look the same with nice brick exterior and backyards.
We have always gotten good reviews and positive comments about the neighborhood. Guests usually arrive at night so there aren’t that many people walking around. I should note that the vast majority of our guests have been white and we are white too, and almost all gave great reviews including about safety.
Within the last month, I got two negative reviews about my “bad neighborhood” that was totally “unsafe”. No freaking joke, one of them actually wrote in the private feedback to Air bnb (on top of the public feedback about how unsafe the neighborhood is) that they thought it was the PROJECTS and that they wanted to look up crime statistics when they arrived. I wish I was making this up. This guest was also a very rude and cold one so am not really surprised.
I should mention it is a very family oriented neighborhood and kids play outside all day. I know all my neighbors and they are all lovely people, almost all mixed race of course.
Obviously it is because they saw too many black people outside. Why else would they say that? Did they see violence, bars on windows, ugly houses? Nope none of the above. Again, it is a straight middle class neighborhood. I have lived in the city during my younger years and in plenty a bad neighborhood and this place is not that.
The two guests who wrote such things were from very white states.
I’m so mad that I went from having almost all five star reviews, and now I have a 4 star review because within the last five guests two of them wrote this. One of them didn’t even stay, she left within an hour of arriving.