Alexis Ohanian, the husband of tennis champion Serena Williams and co-founder of the social networking site Reddit, has said he is stepping down from the board of the company and asking that he be replaced with a more diverse candidate.
Serena Williams tweeted that she was proud of her husband's decision. "Having diverse views on any boards is important. So proud of you Alexis. I know Olympia will be too."
Serena Williams says she is proud of husband Alexis Ohanian for stepping down from the board of Reddit
In a series of tweets on Friday, Ohanian urged Reddit to fill his seat with a black candidate, saying that his family was one of the reasons for his decision.
Having diverse views on any boards is important.
He tweeted: "I'm saying this as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks: 'What did you do?'" Ohanian has also pledged $1 million to Colin Kaepernick's nonprofit Know Your Rights Camp.
"I will use future gains on my Reddit stock to serve the black community, chiefly to curb racial hate," said in another tweet. Reddit CEO and cofounder Steve Huffman wrote on Reddit, "I want to take responsibility for the history of our policies over the years that got us here, and we still have work to do."
The board of Reddit currently includes one woman and four white men. Reddit itself has been targeted for some of the hateful and racist content on its platform and its CEO and cofounder Huffman has come under criticism in the past for not taking action on communities on the site in which racist views and language are often seen."
Alexis Ohanian is married to 23 time Grand Slam tennis champion Serena Williams and the couple have a daughter, Olympia. Serena Williams has also take a strong stand against the issue of racial discrimination in the past week.
She had posted her views on social media after the death of George Floyd and also featured in a video against racism that was created by American tennis star Frances Tiafoe. That video also featured several other tennis stars such as Naomi Osaka, Coco Gauff, Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lori McNeil, Zina Garrison, MaliVai Washington and Heather Watson amongst others.