The recent killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police, has sparked outrage across cities in the United States and countries around the world. The death has also caused ripples in the tech industry. Today, Alexis Ohanian, the Co-founder of Reddit announced his resignation from the company’s board, saying he was stepping down and urging the company to replace him with a black person. Ohanian, who is married to professional tennis player Serena Williams, is currently the executive chairman of the social news website Reddit.
In a tweet, Ohanian said: “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”
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.https://t.co/LWI1OnCaVi
— Alexis Ohanian Sr. 🚀 (@alexisohanian) June 5, 2020
He also co-founded the early-stage venture capital firm Initialized Capital, helped launch the travel search website Hipmunk, and started the social enterprise Breadpig. He was also a partner at Y Combinator. In 2012, Andy Greenberg of Forbes magazine dubbed him “Mayor of the Internet.”
Ohanian also pledged to commit to using future gains from his Reddit stock to serve the black community and focus on curbing racial hate. To start, Ohanian said he would donate $1 million to former NFL player and activist Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp.