By Louis Chan
AsAmNews National Correspondent
Investigators in California are looking into a widely publicized alleged incident of discrimination against an Asian American by an Airbnb host.
Dyne Suh of Southern California has filed a formal complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
A video about the incident went viral on social media and was widely shown by news organizations in California.
“I am cooperating with an investigation into the incident by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing,” said Dyne Suh to AsAmNews. “They reached out to me and I wanted to help them enforce anti-discrimination laws in California. I think it is important to send the message that racism will not be tolerated in California, and that it will be taken seriously by the government. Because racism is so hard to prove, most people seem to get away with racist actions. Here, we have a smoking gun.”
Suh has not released the name of the Airbnb host, but she did file a complaint with Airbnb which quickly permanently removed the host from the program calling the incident “abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Suh, who just graduated from UCLA School of Law, has not released the name of the host, but she is believed to be an English as a Second Language instructor.
Suh was just minutes away from checking into her reservations in the San Bernardino Mountains when she received a message via Airbnb’s messaging app , “I wouldn’t rent to you if you were the last person on earth. One word says it all. Asian.”
Some have been skeptical about Suh’s claim, wondering if she did anything to prompt the sudden cancellation. The host had exchanged numerous texts with Suh about its pet policy and whether Suh could bring additional guests.
While Suh has released many of the messages, she has now released a full transcript of the messages to AsAmNews after numerous requests from many readers.
The full transcript is below. AsAmNews received them in PDF format in reverse order with the last message on top. AsAmNews has cut and pasted each individual message so our readers can view them in the order they were sent.
“I released the full transcript so people who still had doubts about it being made up, or people who thought that I was to blame for the woman’s behavior could see for themselves what happened,” she said. “It is unfortunate that so many people have the knee-jerk reaction of blaming the victim when it comes to racism, or even deny that it happened.”
Suh told her followers on Facebook “the good news is, for every one hater, I received at least 15-20 kind messages of solidarity. The good news is, kind people seem to outnumber mean people. It gives me hope that love will prevail in the end. Thank you again to people who sent me messages of love and support.”
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