Rohan Gilkes, 40, a black startup entrepreneur was looking for a place to work quietly on a product launch last May.
He’d heard good things about Boise, Idaho, so booked a spacious cabin on Airbnb, and looked forward to rafting and riding an RTV over the July 4 holiday. The host accepted his booking but then later cancelled. When he tried to book alternate dates, he never heard from the owner again. Suspicious, Gilkes enlisted the help of a white friend, who was able to book the property for the same dates he originally requested.