A password will be e-mailed to you.

Share This Post!

After Ohanian announced his departure from the Reddit board, he discussed his decision with Serena Williams on an Instagram Live session on her profile, explaining he wanted to do more than a social media post and donation.

The couple took to Instagram Live on Saturday evening to candidly discuss Alexis’ recent resignation from Reddit, the inequality Serena has faced, and more.

alexis-ohanian-serena-williams-1591609070

“When I thought about what Reddit needs, what business needed now more than ever was someone that had a position of power to say, ‘There are too many white faces around the table, there have been for too long…,” the Reddit co-founder said on his wife’s weekly Serena Saturday’s IG Live sessions. “What are the things that I can do beyond donations.'”

He continued, “I have been so heartened by messages I have received from total strangers in business, in particular a number of Black men and women who found my email, or through a friend sent me a note, saying how much they appreciated the gesture simply because of all the rooms, all the board rooms, all the executive rooms they have walked into, where they have realized they have had to prove themselves.”

“I really meant it when I said I think resignation can be an act of leadership and I know this puts Reddit in the best position possible,” he shared. “I think if every company took a look around their board rooms on Monday and really had the honest, hard conversations, and said, ‘Are we doing the best by our customers, by our team and by our shareholders with this board makeup?’ I think we’d see more change.”

 

Ohanian thanked his wife for her ‘counsel and advice’, revealing they spoke about his decision extensively before the couple continued to speak about their different outlooks, perspectives, and life experiences due to their different races.

Serena expressed how proud she was of her husband, and noted that he resigned from the company all on his own. If anything, she pointed out that Alexis’ decision to step down was “definitely shocking to me.”

“This is all Alexis, which is really cool,” the tennis icon said. “A lot of people may think that I told you to do something, or that I forced you, or that I was in your ear… he doesn’t listen to me ever! So that’s not the case.”

Williams also paid tribute to her husband on Twitter, saying she knows their daughter will be proud of him for his decision.

Serena expressed how proud she was of her husband, and noted that he resigned from the company all on his own. If anything, she pointed out that Alexis’ decision to step down was “definitely shocking to me.”

After their decision, Ohanian returned the favor, sharing a photo of himself supporting Williams from the stands on the tennis court, writing: ‘Y’all only see me out there in the stands holding it down for her, but she’s the GOAT off the court when it comes to holding it down for her husband. TRUST me.’

By: Dammy Eneli

See Also: More Beauty Brands Are Taking A Firm Stand Against Racism

Share This Post!