Serena Williams‘ husband and co-founder of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, has resigned from the board of the company as part of efforts to address the ongoing issues stemming from the murder of George Floyd.
Ohanian announced his resignation from the reddit board tonight on Twitter, revealing he has requested for his position to be filled by a black person.
Ohanian also pledged to donate all future profits from his stock in the company to black causes.
According to him, as the father of a black daughter (with Serena), he wants to be able to point to the actions he took during this moment to help fight racism.
He wrote: “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’ve resigned as a member of the reddit board, I have urged them to fill my seat with a black candidate, + 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.
“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,”
Alexis Ohanian’s action is the latest measure being taken by people all over the world to help fight the systematic racism unveiled in America by the murder of George Floyd.
Ohanian and Serena Willims got married in November 2017, two months after welcoming their first child together, Olympia.