Alexis Ohanian: Reddit co-founder resigns, urging company to replace him with black candidate

Ohanian says: 'I believe resignation can actually be an act of leadership from people in power right now'

Chelsea Ritschel
New York
Saturday 06 June 2020 08:38
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian resigns from Reddit board

Alexis Ohanian has resigned from the Reddit board and urged the company to replace him with a black candidate.

On Friday, the Reddit co-founder and husband of Serena Williams announced he was stepping down from the company he helped create after 15 years to “do the right thing”.

“I co-founded Reddit 15 years ago to help people find community and a sense of belonging,” Ohanian wrote on Twitter. “It is long overdue to do the right thing. I’m doing this for me, for my family, and for my country.”

According to Ohanian, his and William’s daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr was an important factor in his decision to step back from the company he co-founded in 2005.

“I’m writing this as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks: ‘What did you do?’” he explained, adding: “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.”

In addition to requesting his role be filled by a black candidate, Ohanian also said he would be using future gains on his Reddit stock to “serve the black community, chiefly to curb racial hate,” starting with a pledge of $1m to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp.

The 37-year-old’s resignation comes as people around the world continue to protest police brutality and racism in the US following the death of George Floyd.

On social media, Ohanian’s announcement was met with support. “This is a huge leadership move. Thank you,” one person tweeted, while another said: “Bravo and thank you. I'm sure your daughter will appreciate it when she's old enough to understand.”

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in