Dyne Suh was looking forward to a Presidents’ Day weekend stay at a mountain cabin in California with her fiancé and friends, but her Airbnb host swiftly canceled the reservation. Suh explained that the host, in a racially insensitive exchange, praised President Trump and denied the stay because Suh was Asian.
Suh, a law student studying race relations, hails from Riverside, Calif., and was looking to get away with a pair of friends and her dogs back in February. In a report by Los Angeles-based NBC affiliate KNBC, Suh claims that the owner of the home denied the stay because of Suh’s race just as she was on her way to Running Springs, Calif., in snowy weather.
“We were looking forward to it, especially with law school and working and being really busy,” said Suh on Wednesday to KNBC. “It was a welcome break.”
Suh sent a text message to the owner of the cabin — identified in her exchange as “Tami” — saying that she was on her way, to which the woman responded with racist vitriol.
“I wouldn’t rent it to u (sic) if u (sic) were the last person on earth,” wrote the host to Suh in a text exchange seen by the station’s reporters. “One word says it all. Asian.”
After Suh threatened to report the host, the woman replied, saying, “Go ahead. … It’s why we have Trump. … I will not allow this country to be told what to do by foreigners,” just before canceling the booking.
Airbnb spokesman Christopher Nulty condemned the actions of the host and said she has been permanently removed from the service network.
Suh originally posted about the incident on her Facebook page on Feb. 18.
Watch a video of Suh detailing her exchange below:
The host has not commented to any media outlet and reportedly has deleted or hidden all her known social media profiles.
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