LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is resigning from the San Francisco-based website’s board and urges the company to replace him with a black candidate.

Ohanian announced his resignation on his website saying, “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.”

On Friday, he shared a video to Twitter and Instagram saying, “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’ve resigned as a member of the Reddit board, I have urged them to fill my seat with a black candidate,” he said.

Ohanian said he will also “use future gains on my Reddit stock to serve the black community, chiefly to curb racial hate,” starting by donating $1 million to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp.

View this post on Instagram

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

“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,” he said.

Ohanian is married to tennis star Serena Williams. The couple has one daughter together.

Comments

Leave a Reply