Serena Williams reacts to Alexis Ohanian’s decision to step down from Reddit’s board of directors


Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian appeared on Instagram Live on Saturday to discuss the entrepreneur’s decision to step down from the Reddit board.

Ohanian, who co-founded Reddit 15 years ago, announced his decision to step back after the death of George Floyd, a black man killed by a white police officer, which sparked protests against racism and police brutality in the world.

“I resigned as a member of the Reddit board, urged them to fill my seat with a black candidate, and I will use future earnings from my Reddit stock to serve the black community, primarily to curb racial hatred, “said Ohanian. in an Instagram post on Friday. “I say that as a father who must be able to answer his black daughter when she asks: What have you done? “

The investor said in a subsequent Instagram live alongside Williams that his decision was based on what he could do to combat racism in addition to making a donation.

“When I thought about what Reddit needed, what companies needed more than ever, it was someone in a position to say,” There are too many white faces around the table, there have been for too long, “he said.

Williams said she was “shocked” by her husband’s decision.

“It’s all Alexis, which is really cool,” she said. “Many people may think that I told you to do something, or that I forced you, or that I was in your ear.”

” He never listens to me! So that’s not the case, “added Williams as Ohanian let out a laugh.

On Instagram Live, Williams talked about the racism she experienced as a black woman.

“All my life, I have faced so many different challenges. I had to face a lot of inequalities, I had to face racism, “she said.

“It’s sad that someone at my level had to accept being paid less and accepting so many different things because of my skin color,” said Williams. “I think I would be very angry, very mean, very jealous if I did not have this spiritual training. “

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Williams and Ohanian in September 2019 in New York.

The two also talked about their daughter, Olympia, and discussed some of the conversations they will have with her as she ages.

“At some point, Olympia will have to have a conversation with you – a conversation with us – but above all a conversation with you, about how she is going to have to work even harder, how she is going to have to face this much more”, added Ohanian. “It pisses me off. “

But as the tennis star said on Twitter after Ohanian announced his decision to resign, she thinks Olympia will be proud of her father.

Williams sits on the Global Advisory Board for Verizon Media, the parent company of HuffPost.


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