Reddit Founder Alexis Ohanian Quits So Black Candidate Can Fill His Seat On The Board

Alexis Ohanian

Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian has announced that he’s vacating his seat on the board of the company he founded fifteen years ago, so that a black person can take his spot.

He released a statement about his decision overnight, saying:

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?” 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. 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 married Serena Williams in 2017, and the couple have a daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian.

He said that he believes the Reddit board will follow through, and in a follow-up statement, announced he has no plans to get a haircut as “the lion’s mane must thrive.”