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Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian resigns

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has declared his resignation from the board of Reddit and urged the company to replace him with a black candidate. The husband of Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, resigned amidst the protest black lives matter in the US. Below are his comments via his twitter handle:

“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 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’ve resigned as a member of the Reddit board, I have urged them to fill my seat with a black candidate, + 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 and @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.

Reddit community demanding change in hate speech policy. Exciting times. I believe the board will follow through. The Reddit community is also asking for it and more. Exciting times seeing this level of energy asking for change (including from community itself asking for a hate speech policy).”

Wow! The sacrifices he is making to support that black lives matter is mind-blowing. Hoping to see others follow suit.

Reddit is an American social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website. Registered members submit content to the site such as links, text posts, and images, which are then voted up or down by other members. – Wikipedia

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