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Alexis Ohanian, Reddit Co-Founder and Serena Williams' Husband Resigned From Reddit Board and Asked His Seat To be Filled With Black Candidate

Updated On 06 Jun, 2020 Published On 06 Jun, 2020
Alexis Ohanian, Reddit Co-Founder and Serena Williams' Husband Resigned From Reddit Board and Asked His Seat To be Filled With Black Candidate

Alexis Ohanian who co-founded social media site Reddit stepped down from his post on the company's board for his family and his country.

Ohanian, on Friday, thorough a Instagram video, announced that he is resigning from the Reddit Board. He told that he is taking this step so that he can answer his black daughter.

"I co-founded @reddit 15 years ago to help people find community and a sense of belonging. It is long overdue to do the right thing. I’m doing this for me, for my family, and for my country. I’m saying this as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks: “What did you do?”

The 37-year-old shares a daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian with his wife Tennis superstar Serena Williams. Alexis was born on September 1, 2017, a few months before the couple's wedding on November 16, 2017.

Alexis Ohanian shares a daughter with wife Serena Williams. SOURCE: Pinterest

Ohanian, on his Instagram video, also informed that he would urge his company's other members to fill his seat with a black candidate.

Also, the multi-millionaire revealed that he is planning to use the gains from his company's stocks to serve the black community. His efforts will primarily be focused on curbing racial hate.

For the starter, Ohanian, whose grandparents came from Armenia as refugees, donated $1 million to Know Your Rights Camp. KYRC is a free campaign for youth funded by NFL player and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick to raise awareness of self-empowerment and interacting with law enforcement. 

The tech entrepreneur ended his video by saying that he believes resignation can actually be an act of leadership from people in power right now. Also, he asked people to continue fighting to fix the broken nation.

Check out his whole Instagram video below:

 
 
 
 
 
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I co-founded @reddit 15 years ago to help people find community and a sense of belonging.It is long overdue to do the right thing. I’m doing this for me, for my family, and for my country. I’m saying this as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks: What did you do? I have resigned as a member of the reddit board, I have urged them to fill my seat with a black candidate, and I will use future gains on my Reddit stock to serve the black community, chiefly to curb racial hate, and I’m starting with a pledge of $1M to @kaepernick7’s @yourrightscamp I believe resignation can actually be an act of leadership from people in power right now. To everyone fighting to fix our broken nation: do not stop.

A post shared by Alexis Ohanian Sr. (@alexisohanian) on

On Instagram, people are praising Ohanian's decision. One commentator wrote,

"THIS. THIS is using your privilege, your voice and your platform to make a change. I have a great amount of love and respect for you"

Similarly, another one wrote.

"I’m glad he knows his daughter will ask him one day and he will have great response for her."

Alexis' resignation comes at the time when the Reddit and the company CEO, Steve Huffman is receiving a lot of criticism for tolerating, hate, racism, and violence on their platform. Subreddit, such as "the_donald', is deemed as a racist forum by many, but it is still running in the site since 2015.

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