Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian gave up his position in the tech firm’s board and said that the company should replace him with a black candidate.
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After quitting, he also said that he would use the profits from Reddit to “serve the black community”.
He announced this on Twitter and said that he wanted to do this “as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks: 'What did you do?'"
Ohanian is married to tennis star Serena Williams and would be donating $1M to Know Your Rights Camp, a non-profit organization 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.”
Ohanian came up with the popular social media site Reddit 15 years ago with his college roommates Aaron Swartz and Steve Huffman. He served the company till 2018 but remained an active member of the board of directors.
The website has been criticized for promoting racist content and was forced to shut down by groups like r/blackpeoplehate and alt-right r/MillionDollarExtreme.