Reddit Co-Founder Quits Board And Asks For Black Replacement

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Alexis Ohanian is married to tennis champion Serena Williams (photo credit: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has resigned from the tech firm’s board and urged the company to replace him with a black candidate.

The tech entrepreneur has also pledged to use future gains on his Reddit stock to “serve the black community.”

In a series of tweets, he said he was doing it “as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks: ‘What did you do?'”

It follows days of protests in the US against police brutality and racial inequality.

Mr Ohanian, who is married to tennis champion Serena Williams, said he would be donating $1m to Know Your Rights Camp, a non-profit started by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“I believe resignation can actually be an act of leadership from people in power right now,” he said in a video. “To everyone fighting to fix our broken nation: do not stop.”

A video of Alexis Ohanian explaining his decision

Mr Ohanian founded social media website Reddit 15 years ago with his college roommates Aaron Swartz and Steve Huffman.

He stepped down from daily duties in 2018 but has retained a seat on the company’s board until now.

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source: BBC

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