On Thursday, the social justice warriors at the international online vacation home booking agency Airbnb sent a “Community Commitment" email to their customers, asking them to pledge not to judge people.
“We believe that no matter who you are, where you are from, or where you travel, you should be able to belong in the Airbnb community,” reads the email. “By joining this community, you commit to treat all fellow members of this community, regardless of race, religion, national origin, disability, sex, gender, sexual orientation or age, with respect and without judgment or bias.”
The pledge, seemingly originated right out of a mind of a millennial coloring in a university safe-space, is also reiterated on the company’s website.
“We are all committed to doing everything we can to help eliminate all forms of unlawful bias, discrimination, and intolerance from our platform,” says the website. “We want to promote a culture within the Airbnb community—hosts, guests and people just considering whether to use our platform—that goes above and beyond mere compliance.”
“Airbnb employees, hosts and guests alike,” are told to agree to and act in accordance with their “inclusion and respect” policies in order “to strengthen our community and realize our mission of ensuring that everyone can belong, and feels welcome, anywhere.”
View the inclusion and respect polices, below:
- Inclusion – We welcome guests of all backgrounds with authentic hospitality and open minds. Joining Airbnb, as a host or guest, means becoming part of a community of inclusion. Bias, prejudice, racism, and hatred have no place on our platform or in our community. While hosts are required to follow all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination based on such factors as race, religion, national origin, and others listed below, we commit to do more than comply with the minimum requirements established by law.
- Respect – We are respectful of each other in our interactions and encounters. Airbnb appreciates that local laws and cultural norms vary around the world and expects hosts and guests to abide by local laws, and to engage with each other respectfully, even when views may not reflect their beliefs or upbringings. Airbnb’s members bring to our community an incredible diversity of background experiences, beliefs, and customs. By connecting people from different backgrounds, Airbnb fosters greater understanding and appreciation for the common characteristics shared by all human beings and undermines prejudice rooted in misconception, misinformation, or misunderstanding.
But Airbnb is not being oversensitive or progressive enough, as far as I’m concerned. Why is there not a single trigger warning on their website or in the email which includes hurtful words like “racism,” “bias” and “discrimination?”
Pull it together, Airbnb.
H/T Noah Pollak