People planning to attend a rally this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia featuring white supremacist Richard Spencer were sent scrambling for alternative lodging after Airbnb made it clear it doesn’t want their business.
TheWrap has confirmed that the online lodging service has started deactivating accounts belonging to users it has determined are attending “Unite the Right,” a rally organized by self-described “white activist” Jason Kessler happening Aug. 12. The event will feature several speakers associated with white nationalism, including Spencer, and neo-confederate activist Michael Hill.
“In 2016 we established the Airbnb Community Commitment reflecting our belief that to make good on our mission of belonging, those who are members of the Airbnb community accept people regardless of their race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age,” Airbnb shared in a statement. “We asked all members of the Airbnb to affirmatively sign on to this commitment.”
The company said it …