Black TikToker calls on Airbnb hosts to rent out former slave cabins as luxury accommodations
Airbnb hosts are renting out former slave shacks as luxury vacation spots, and a Black TikToker has slammed the trend in a viral video.
In a now deleted listing, the owners of the Belmont Plantation building in Greenville, Mississippi, listed the Panther Burn Cabin as a bed and breakfast. But like Microphone notes, the property has a dark history.
It was once a slave shack in the 1830s and later a sharecropper’s shack, according to the listing.
“How is it acceptable in someone’s mind to rent this? A place where human beings have been kept as slaves,” civil rights lawyer @LawyerWynton said in a video with more than two million likes. views.
The TikTok user took issue with some of the property’s reviews, which described it as “memorable” and “historic yet elegant”.
He pointed out that it would not educate people about the conditions endured by slaves. “Clawfoot tub, running water, tile, nice light fixtures, water, towels, chest of drawers,” he said.
@LawyerWynton said the history of slavery was ‘ridiculed’ by turning the property into a ‘luxurious vacation spot’.
It appears that Airbnb has removed this particular listing and it no longer appears on the Plantation website.
Airbnb and the Belmont Plantation did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.
But, Mic reported that there are several other properties that also offer other former slave quarters as luxury accommodations.
A PBS article describing the conditions of pre-war slavery, black slaves lived in rudimentary quarters that often left them vulnerable to harsh weather and disease.