Reddit co-founder steps down, asks to be replaced by a Black candidate.
University of Virginia roommates Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian co-founded Reddit in 2005, and now, 15 years later, Ohanian has stepped down from his role on the board, and asked that he be replaced by a Black candidate. He's explained his decision in a post on his blog, writing:
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 also shared a post from his wife, Serena Williams's instagram, writing, "This is from 2016. White America, we need to #DoBetter."
Ohanian and Huffman resumed full time leadership roles at Reddit in 2015 after selling the site to Condé Nast in 2011. While he continued to serve on the board, Ohanian transitioned out of a day-to-day role in 2018, however.