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Black Man Calls Out White Couple After They Barge Into The Airbnb He’s Renting To Question Why He’s There

Shaun King/Facebook

A Black man’s stay at an Airbnb was rudely interrupted when the White couple from next door let themselves into the home, unannounced and uninvited.

It had been hot, so the man left the door ajar to allow for some air circulation in the house.

He began filming as soon as the couple entered the living space, moving directly to the living room, where the Karen of the couple leaned in with all of her entitlement over the back of the couch.

The White woman asked: 

“Do you live here?”

The Black man replied:

“No, but why did you just come and open the door like that?” 

The woman replied:

“Because I live next door.”

The Black man continued to press the couple who was still standing in his rented living room: 

“[You were suspicious] because you saw Black people.” 

The couple disagreed with this, so the man tried switching tactics: 

“I’m disturbed. How would you, how you feel if someone just walked into your house like that?”

The White woman admitted: 

“I’d be scared.” 

The Black man replied:

“That’s how I’m feeling.”

The couple finally took the hint and decided to leave the house, but did not close the door behind them.

For a moment, the man closed the door and locked it, before swinging the door open quickly and confronting the couple one more time about their suspicions.

Throughout the rest of the conversation, the White couple gave a series of conflicting information, including living next door and knowing the owner of the home, but not knowing that they were interested in selling it or repurposing it as an Airbnb site.

They also tried to backtrack on their suspicions after the Black man pointed out his race, saying there had been people coming and going in the home often, but that there also hadn’t been anyone there for a long time, making the man’s appearance in the home after its long vacancy “suspicious.”

The original video was shared in the “Public Freakout” subReddit, where people were appalled at the level of entitlement this White couple expressed, as well as how scary it must have been for the Black man to have people randomly enter his home.

The video was then shared to Facebook by Shaun King, the NYT bestselling author of Make Change and the founder of the Grassroots Law Project, which focuses on the reform of the American legal justice system.

In the caption, King described the incident: 

“White people literally just OPEN THE DOOR and walk right into a home being leased by a Black man from AirBNB.”

“They weren’t asked to do this. They just did it.⁣”

“And had the nerve to stay there and try talk about it.”

“Whiteness is a dangerous thing.”

“Can you imagine having the nerve to just walk right into somebody’s home??”

King’s Facebook followers had a lot to say about the video, with more than 11-thousand comments and 16-thousand shares so far.

Some said their lack of knowledge about Airbnb gave them all the reason they needed to point their suspicions toward the White couple. 

Shawn King/Facebook
Shawn King/Facebook
Shawn King/Facebook

Others mocked the White couple for their horror movie vibe, barging in where they were “suspicious” there’d be trouble. 

Shawn King/Facebook
Shawn King/Facebook
Shawn King/Facebook
Shawn King/Facebook

A few also mourned the fact that the Black man had to keep his cool, despite being the one trespassed upon. 

Shawn King/Facebook
Shawn King/Facebook
Shawn King/Facebook

Maybe the couple had positive intentions for checking on the house. But based on their lack of awareness of the fact that the home was currently being used as an Airbnb, it seems doubtful that they know their neighbor and what goes on in the home all that way.

Though it can’t be verified, given the current moment, the Black man was probably right about why they felt the need to barge in. Let’s just hope they took something meaningful from this conversation, so they can treat the next Black person they see with more respect than this man.

McKenzie Lynn Tozan

Written by McKenzie Lynn Tozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives in North Chicago, where she works as a poet, freelance writer, and editor. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, and her BA in English from Indiana University South Bend. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, Thank You for Swallowing, and elsewhere; and her essays and book reviews have appeared with Memoir Mixtapes, The Rumpus, BookPage, and Motherly, among others. When she's not reading and writing, she's in her garden or spending time with her family. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com.