Reddit co-founder Ohanian resigns from board, wants a black candidate to take over

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 8, 2019 Alexis Ohanian in attendance for the fourth round match between Serena Williams of the U.S. and Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro REUTERS/Tony O’Brien – RC1EBFF660D0

(Reuters) – Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian said on Friday he has resigned from the board and sought to be replaced with a black candidate at the social network company.

The death of an unarmed African American, George Floyd, at the hands of police has triggered protests in the United States against racism and police brutality, while also reigniting the debate of diversity in America’s corporate boardrooms.

Many protesters and organizers in recent days have also sought to transform the outrage over Floyd’s death into a renewed civil rights movement, demanding reforms to America’s criminal justice system.

Internet entrepreneur Ohanian, who is married to American tennis player Serena Williams, also pledged $1 million to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp, a campaign for legal awareness among youth.

“I will use future gains on my Reddit stock to serve the black community, chiefly to curb racial hate,” Ohanian said in a tweet here

Reporting by Neha Malara and Munsif Vengattil; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli

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