Fantasia Taylor accuses Airbnb host of racial profiling

Fantasia Taylor accuses Airbnb host of racial profiling

"It’s evident to me this was racial profiling and the treatment we received was due to the color of our skin." 


Fantasia Taylor has opened up about an alleged racial discrimination incident she experienced recently. 

Taking to X (formerly known as Twitter), the singer and actor says her family's recent stay at an AirBnB was ruined by a host who she claims treated them unfairly because of their skin colour. 

"My stomach is so uneasy this morning as I’m riding back to my home in the cold and rain. I don’t say much when people do me wrong, but I can’t stay quiet on how my family and I were just treated from a host with @Airbnb," she wrote. 

The 'Lose To Win' hitmaker says the host tried to kick them out at midnight and accused them of having a party with loud noises. 

"@airbnbhelp trying to kick my kids and I out at 12:00 midnight. The host accused us of having a party with loud noises outdoors because they saw balloons being dropped off and a game truck with no generator in the early part of the day. The amount of guests we reserved for are the amount of guest who stayed the night.

 "They never said we weren’t allowed to have any company over!! It’s evident from the sayings on the wall, to the outdoor fire pit/jacuzzi and a well equipped game room in the garage/poker table that people Hosts parties and/or gatherings here on the lake often as there were weights with balloon ribbon left in the garage from a previous party at the house. 

"It’s evident to me this was racial profiling and the treatment we received was due to the color of our skin. I wanted my son to enjoy his friends (10-12) year old and make him feel special as I have been traveling for the last 35+ days promoting a movie I starred in. This time, I dare not stay quiet," she wrote. 

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Fantasia took to Instagram to share more about the experience, saying it was fueled by a lack of love. 

"We have lost our internal compass of Love! Love moves us to deeply consider, it shifts us out of places of sympathy where we can gain a real understanding through empathy. When love is present, it overlooks your race, age, gender, profession, zip code and even your past. This, is what we teach our and exhibit before children, and this is what we wanted kids outside of our home to experience as well.

"Being abruptly asked to vacate a house (which proved to not be a Home) on the first night while a diverse group of technologically & robotically Inclined group of kids (one is a pianist) were winding down to sleep was unthinkable. Gaining and understanding wasn’t the desire, while we were being screened on various Ring cameras, the happiness and “character” of the kids present also wasn’t considered."

The singer says they had to vacate the house at 6am. 

"Right after a hot-chocolate Sip & Paint, without warning, we were asked to leave. So, at 6a, in the freezing rain, with sleepy kids, we loaded up 4 vehicles, respectfully cleaned and organized everything back to its original place and we left. Logistically, some of the children had to be immediately taken home, with one stating they didn’t want to go home. I didn’t deserve to look or feel like I let my son and the other kids down," she wrote. 

AirBnB has responded, saying it "does not condone discrimination in any way."

See the response below. 

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