Alexis Ohanian, who is the co-founder of Reddit, has made a bold and daring move that has many people calling him a king.
The businessman and husband of tennis icon Serena Williams recently announced that he would be stepping down as a member of the company’s board, and has asked that his seat be filled with a black candidate.
The 37-year-old entrepreneur did an interview with his wife, where he confirmed that he took the huge decision on his own and that it was inspired by his two-year-old daughter named Olympia.
Serena opened the interview by saying: “A lot of people might think I told you to do something, or I forced you — He doesn’t listen to me, ever.”
The mogul said: “I thought about what I could do beyond a social media post, beyond a donation. We need diversity at the highest levels of business now more than ever. Once I realized why I needed to do it, it became very easy.”
He went on to say: “I thought about what those dollars could do for a community that has clearly suffered for far too long, and that I with my power and my influence and my privilege want to do something meaningful to start to show a change. To make a better world for Olympia.”
He concluded by: “One of the things that really broke me at some point in the last week, I was looking at Olympia, she’s 2½ now, and she is such a pure, just blank canvas. She only knows love. There is not an ounce of hate in her body…at some point, Olympia is going to have to have a talk with you, a talk with us, but especially a talk with you, about how she’s going to have to work that much harder, how she’s going to have to deal with this much more, that pisses me off.”
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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 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 @kaepernick7’s @yourrightscamp 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.
One fan said: “Serena married a KING 👏🏾👏🏾anybody with a black partner should do the same: support the movement, fight for justice with us. That’s not how it works. He can’t approve a board seat on his own. 🙄 He can only suggest a candidate to the board. Since its a full board, he created a vacant seat by resigning. Reddit is known for being extremely white with discriminatory forums. I’ve never seen a founder do this. He did the right thing, and it’s extraordinary.”
Another commenter shared: “Now THAT’S how you use your privilege, put your money where your mouth is, and dude donated $1 million to KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! ✊🏾”
This person stated: “She may have put 2 cents in, but if he wasn’t raised right, how he gets to that point of being an educated man with a black daughter and wife? It starts at home. The fact that he gave up his position and urged them to put a black person in that seat actually says a lot because he’s not just donating he’s giving up his position of power and trying to give it to someone of color.”
The father of one is winning a lot of new supporters with this move.