Serena Williams Reacts To Alexis Ohanian's Decision To Step Down From Reddit Board

Written by on June 8, 2020

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian appeared on Instagram Reside on Saturday to handle the entrepreneur’s choice to step down from the board of Reddit. 

Ohanian, who co-founded Reddit 15 years in the past, introduced his choice to step again after the dying of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by a white police officer, which sparked ongoing protests towards racism and police brutality world wide.

“I’ve resigned as a member of the Reddit board, I’ve urged them to fill my seat with a Black candidate, and I’ll use future beneficial properties on my Reddit inventory to serve the Black neighborhood, mainly to curb racial hate,” Ohanian stated in an Instagram put up on Friday. “I’m saying this as a father who wants to have the ability to reply his Black daughter when she asks: What did you do?” 

The investor stated in a subsequent Instagram Reside alongside Williams that his choice was based mostly on what he might do to battle racism in addition to donating.

“Once I thought of what Reddit wants, what enterprise wanted now greater than ever was somebody that had a place of energy to say, ’There are too many white faces across the desk, there have been for too lengthy,” he stated. 

Williams stated that she was “shocked” by her husband’s choice. 

“That is all Alexis, which is admittedly cool,” she stated. “Lots of people might imagine that I instructed you to do one thing, or that I compelled you, or that I used to be in your ear.” 

“He doesn’t take heed to me ever! In order that’s not the case,” Williams added whereas Ohanian let loose fun.

Throughout the Instagram Reside, Williams spoke in regards to the racism she has skilled as a Black girl.

“My complete life I’ve needed to take care of so many various challenges. I’ve needed to take care of plenty of inequality, I’ve needed to take care of racism,” she stated. 

“It’s unhappy that somebody on my degree has needed to settle for being paid much less and settle for so many various issues due to the colour of my pores and skin,” Williams continued. “I feel I’d be very indignant, very spiteful, very jealous if I didn’t have this religious background.”

Williams and Ohanian in September 2019 in New York City.

Williams and Ohanian in September 2019 in New York Metropolis.

The 2 additionally spoke about their daughter, Olympia, and mentioned a number of the conversations they’re going to have together with her as she will get older. 

“In some unspecified time in the future, Olympia goes to should have a chat with you ― a chat with us ― however particularly a chat with you, about how she’s going to should work that a lot more durable, how she’s going to should take care of this far more,” Ohanian added. “That pisses me off.” 

However because the tennis star stated on Twitter after Ohanian introduced his choice to step down, she thinks Olympia can be pleased with her father.

Williams sits on the worldwide advisory board of Verizon Media, HuffPost’s guardian firm.

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