Airbnb Has an Aggressive Plan to Stop Racism on Its Platform. Can It Be Enforced?

Airbnb Has an Aggressive Plan to Stop Racism on Its Platform. Can It Be Enforced? by Henry Gabar. Airbnb has been lent on by the politically correct using government muscle:

In a 32-page report prepared by Laura Murphy, a consultant, with help from the company’s summer hire, former Attorney General Eric Holder, the company announced plans to weed out discriminatory hosts. …

Those changes come in response to the public outcry of black guests, who brought widespread attention to racist Airbnb hosts this summer. The company is also the defendant in a class-action lawsuit filed by a black guest in Washington, D.C., though the Civil Rights Act permits discrimination by operators of small rooming houses. Airbnb itself, as a self-described marketplace, was unlikely to be legally at fault for the actions of its hosts, under federal protections for the content published by internet companies.

The government is now in the business of saying who you may and may not rent out your home to:

The new nondiscrimination policy, though, isn’t quite so expansive. Owners of shared accommodations may still decline to rent to a guest based on gender. Women who share living spaces with guests may refuse to rent to men. But they may not refuse to rent to trans women. Likewise, it appears that men could show bias toward men, but not — à la Couchsurfing — toward female travelers.

Age also isn’t covered: You can still decline to rent to families, young people, or old people, except where otherwise prohibited by law.

Despite those exceptions, though, the policy offers pretty broad guarantees to protected groups, and gives hosts — at least in theory — no right to reject, say, a homosexual or transgender guest from their bathroom. It goes far beyond the Civil Rights Act, which gives lots of leeway to bnb owners.

Holder resigning as attorney general after tumultuous term, by Foxnews in September 2014.

The attorney general … was one of the most controversial members of the administration. Republicans made clear Thursday they would not miss him in the Obama Cabinet.

Eric Holder

“Eric Holder is the most divisive U.S. attorney general in modern history,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said in a statement. “By needlessly injecting politics into law enforcement, Attorney General Holder’s legacy has eroded more confidence in our legal system than any attorney general before him.”

Holder was held in contempt of Congress by the Republican-led House in 2012 … for failing to provide key information about the botched Operation Fast and Furious program. …Holder and GOP lawmakers routinely clashed, over Fast and Furious but also over his department’s handling of the IRS targeting scandal, its civilian prosecution of terror cases, surveillance of media outlets and other issues. His hearing appearances were at-times combative; some lawmakers even sought to impeach him. During the contempt fight, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, was quoted saying Holder’s “arrogance knows no bounds.”