“DRIVING while black” is a phrase frequently used in the United States to describe the imagined crime African-American drivers commit when they are pulled over by the police, as happens disproportionately often. Last week a derivative phrase-turned-hashtag took off on Twitter: #AirbnbWhileBlack.

Airbnb, a home-rental website that has become an increasingly popular alternative to hotels, has been besieged on a number of fronts: attacked by local governments for allegedly skirting the law, exposed as a front for prostitution, written up time and again for unruly guests, and even discounted by a former Gulliver as an unrealistic option for business travellers (an...Continue reading