Trump signs, US flags ‘scare’ and ‘traumatize’ black people

A researcher at Brown University went viral on social media after suggesting that black AirBnB guests could be traumatized by pro-Trump signs.



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Arlene and Earl Speas assemble Trump Pence yard signs ahead of the opening of the Nebraska Trump Victory Office in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. The party has invested heavily in its ground game to help the whole GOP ticket.

“Disappointed @airBnB doesn’t understand the trauma of TRUMP signs on a @airbnb rental causes black person,” Carycruz Bueno, a postdoctoral research associate at Brown University’s Annenberg Institute, tweeted, according to Campus Reform.

Bueno explained that she and her husband rented a property in Maine and were “immediately scared” for her family’s safety when she saw “Trump signs and other white nationalist symbols” in the yard.

After leaving the property, Bueno says that she contacted AirBnB and was told nothing could be done about the signs, which she deemed a “prime example how white companies make a BLM statement but when black person tells them they didn’t feel safe they do nothing.”

Bueno demanded a refund, tweeting that “@AirBnbHelp at minimum should give me a full refund/voucher for all the trauma this experience has caused.”

Bueno also argued that the flag of the United States is a “symbol that invokes fear in black people.”

Brown University Students for Trump President Emma Rae Phillip told Campus Reform that the researcher’s comments “do not seem to show much understanding of how free markets work” and added that she is “disappointed.”

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