May 17, 2016 was the 62nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s famous Brown v. Board decision. The ultimate dream of Brown v. Board was the “full accommodation and integration of African Americans into all institution and living venues” (Mock, 2016). However, this is a dream that has proven illusive in the six decades that have followed the decision. While there is obvious evidence of progress that has been made because of the court decision, and the legislation and practices it inspired, it is impossible to ignore the deleterious effect race still has on individuals that are attempting to find housing. Housing discrimination remains an issue that many people in the United States have troubling recognizing the existence of despite evidence to the contrary (Louis, 2016). The issues that this paper will focus on imply that this relationship between race and housing won’t easily be an issue resolved in the next sixty years either. This paper will focus on teasing apart the relationship between race and the discrimination Black Airbnb users experience. First, it will attempt to establish the validity of claims that there is a pattern of discrimination that Black users are experiencing. Furthermore, it will consider the legal protections granted to Black Airbnb users by federal civil rights legislation. Lastly, extrajudicial solutions that either Airbnb or its users can take to address this problem will be considered. Differences in treatment based on race for the purpose of this paper will focus solely on the differences between White and Black Airbnb users in the United States. This analysis will use the research studies conducted on the racial discrimination experienced by Black Airbnb hosts and renters, news articles discussing the issue, the Fair Housing Act, the Civil Rights Act, federal civil-rights statute 42 U.S. Code § 1981 and the tweets of Black Airbnb users to understand the experience of Black Airbnb users. It necessary to begin this analysis by establishing what Airbnb is and what service it provides its users. Airbnb is a website that people use to list, find, and rent lodging. It facilitates the transactions between individuals, and main revenue source comes from the fees it makes when hosts successfully fill their rooms. Today Airbnb has over 1,500,000 listings in over 34,000 cities and 190 countries (Smith, 2015). Unlike other online room rental systems like Expedia and Priceline, Airbnb encourages its users to provide personal information when attempting to find a room (Airbnb, 2016). This allows Airbnb hosts to handpick the users they will transact with. In the eight years since its founding Airbnb has grown to provide three times as many rooms as major international hotel chains, like Marriott, worldwide (Smith, 2015). With the recent emergence of sharing economies, hybrid market models that rely on peer-to-peer based sharing of access to goods and services that are coordinated usually by an online service (Hamari, Sjöklint, & Ukkonen, 2015), there are a growing number of businesses and users that fall into a legal gray area. Airbnb is no exception to this trend. Online competitors Priceline and Expedia have explicit restrictions on what information, including race, they could use to reject guests for a particular hotel room (O’Donovan, 2016). However, it is unclear if those same restrictions would apply when the same hotel room was listed on Airbnb. The ambiguity surrounding Airbnb’s legal status is central to the issue of racial discrimination that Black users are reporting. It is unclear what, if any, legal remedies users can seek because it is unclear what Airbnb legally is considered to be. This is a common trend in new shared economies and some clarity needs to be established in order to address what users are experiencing. In lieu of having a set definition, this paper will consider each of the possible legal definitions of Airbnb and what that means for its Black users. Now the reported discrimination of Black Airbnb users will be explored to determine they are experienced a substantial harm based on their federally protected racial identity.