Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian Takes His Activism a Step Further, Steps Down As Executive Chairman

Reddit co-founder and husband to Serena Williams, Alexis Ohanian Sr. steps down as executive chairman and pledges $1 million to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp

Toree Weaver

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: June 6th, 2020 10:10pm pst

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Change forces all of us to become uncomfortable. As we continue to protest, petition, and spread awareness of the systematic racism in America, our efforts must reach beyond one community. We’ve seen celebrities post black squares and express their support, but what happens when they log off? Alexis Ohanian Sr. takes his activism a step further to ensure long term advancement.  

In an Instagram post, Reddit co-founder and husband to Serena Williams announced he has resigned from the Reddit board. In efforts to do more for the black community, Ohanian strongly encouraged executives to replace his position with a deserving and qualified Black candidate.   

“15 years-ago I co-founded Reddit as a place for people to 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?” he said. 

His ally-ship raises awareness to more issues than one. Throughout history we’ve seen parents of biracial black children remove themselves from the conversation. Although Ohanian is not Black, his awareness of the struggles his black daughter will face is important. While he can’t personally relate, he steps away from his privilege to have tough conversations with himself in order to fight for his child and use it as an educational tool in the future.  

Though some may think resignation is an act of giving up your power, Alexis shows us how powerful it can truly be. His actions don’t stop at stepping down. In addition to this, he has pledged funds to organizations created to tackle racism against Black Americans.  

“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 one million dollars to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp,” Ohanian stated. 

In order to create a world of equality, we must dismantle the current system. Alexis Ohanian’s monetary donation and resignation are great examples of using privilege to help those who don’t have the same luxury. We cannot achieve change if we are silent when it is time to give up the small chunk of comfortability we have. As we watch time repeat itself, we have the opportunity to be on the right side of history. 

“Change is the only constant in life.” 

-Heraclitus, Greek Philosopher. 

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Toree Weaver is an AfterBuzz TV host with a passion for glamour and kingdoms. When she isn’t modeling or dancing, she can be found binge watching shows from Gossip Girl to Game of Thrones.

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