Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian resigns from board, urges team to appoint black candidate

He said, “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.”

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian resigns from board, urges team to appoint black candidate
File Photo (Twitter/@alexisohanian)

New Delhi: Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian on Friday (June 5, 2020) resigned from the social network firm`s board and urged the team to fill his seat with a black candidate. 

Ohanian on his official website said, “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.”

Ohanian who is married to American tennis player and former world no. 1 Serena Williams added, “I’m writing this as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks: What did you do?”

He also shared a video message of the announcement on his social media platforms.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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

 

Ohanian`s decision to step down comes amid the countrywide protests in the United States against inequality, racism, and police brutality after an unarmed African American, George Floyd, died at the hands of the Minneapolis police on May 25. 

Ohanian also stated that he will use future gains on his Reddit stock to serve the black community, chiefly to curb racial hate and that he’s starting with a pledge of $1M to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp.

He also said, “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.”