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Reddit co-founder, Columbia native Alexis Ohanian leaves social media site board, urges black replacement

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian announced his resignation from the board of the social media site and urged the board to replace him with a black candidate.

Ohanian, who is white, implicitly linked his move to protests around the globe over the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis after a police officer pressed his knee against his neck for several minutes, even after he stopped pleading for air and became unresponsive.

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The Columbia native and entrepreneur, who is married to tennis star Serena Williams, said he made the decision for the sake of his 2-year-old daughter, Olympia.

"I'm writing this as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks: "What did you do?," Ohanian said in a blog post. He pledged to use future gains on his Reddit stock to "serve the black community, chiefly to curb racial hate."

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2019 Met Gala co-chair Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian arrive. Instead of heels, the tennis star wears yellow Nike sneakers with her yellow custom Versace gown, which is festooned with pink, purple and yellow appliques resembling butterflies.
2019 Met Gala co-chair Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian arrive. Instead of heels, the tennis star wears yellow Nike sneakers with her yellow custom Versace gown, which is festooned with pink, purple and yellow appliques resembling butterflies. (Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images)

He also said he would give $1 million to Colin Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp. Former NFL player Kaepernick is known for kneeling to protest police brutality and racism in 2016, and later filed a grievance claiming the league had blacklisted him as a result.

Reddit, based in San Francisco, calls itself “the front page of the internet” and has millions of users. LIke all social media sites, it has had issues over the years balancing freedom of speech against posts with racist, inflammatory and abusive intent.

Ohanian attended Howard High School, and graduated from the University of Virginia.

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