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Brown University Researcher Says Trump Signs, American Flags "Scare" & "Traumatize

•, by Ben Zeisloft

Carycruz Bueno, a postdoctoral research associate at Brown University's Annenberg Institute, tweeted that vacation rental company Airbnb "doesn't understand the trauma" of Trump signs for a Black person.

Airbnb rentals are privately owned properties listed for short-term and long-term rental on Airbnb. Airbnb, unlike hotels, does not own the properties. It is the platform that connects private owners with renters and facilitates payments.

Bueno recalled that she and her husband rented a property in Maine. When they arrived, she said they saw "Trump signs and other white nationalist symbols" in the yard. Bueno was "immediately scared" for her life and the safety of her family.

According to Bueno, AirBnB stated that it could not do anything, which Bueno described as a "prime example [of] how White companies make a BLM statement," yet "do nothing" when a Black person says that she doesn't "feel safe."

Bueno alleged that Airbnb is "only words no action," and should "do better" than making Black people "retell a traumatizing experience."

She also called for a "greenbook version of AirBnB" so that BIPOC (black indigenous people of color) would not have "to pay to feel uncomfortable and scared."