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Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Resigns from Board to Make Room for a Black Candidate

Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Resigns from Board to Make Room for a Black Candidate

Alexis Ohanian, who is the co-founder of Reddit, has announced that he has resigned as a member of the company’s board and he is urging them to fill his seat with a black candidate.

The 37-year-old entrepreneur is married to tennis player Serena Williams and they are the parents to a two-year-old girl named Olympia.

“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 writing this as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks: ‘What did you do?’” Alexis wrote on his blog.

He continued, “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 Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp.”

Alexis concluded, “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.”

Watch Alexis talk about the news in the Instagram video below.

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