Serena Williams ruled out allegations that she “forced” her husband, Alexis Ohanyan, to donate her profits from Reddit to the black community after the technical founder resigned from the company’s board in an attempt to fight racial injustice.
The 38-year-old global tennis star deviated from her typical weekly live Instagram Instagram Serena to interview her husband on his shocking message.
Ohanian, who shares two-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia with Williams, revealed on Friday that he was stepping down from the Reddit board and promised to donate all future profits “in the service of the black community.”
During the interview, Williams said the couple spoke briefly about the idea together, but revealed that Ohanian̵
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Serena Williams, 38, strayed from her typical weekly Instagram Instagram live show to interview her husband on his shock message
During the live show, Ohanian revealed how marrying a black woman allowed him to face his white privilege, which at times was awkward.
“We talked about it a little bit, and I remember telling you, ‘It’s your decision to make it in the end.’ Whatever you do, I will support you. It’s not my decision to make, it’s up to you, “she said.
“That’s all Alexis, which is really great.” Many people may think that I told you to do something, or that I am forcing you, or that I am in your ear, have you heard that?
“He never listens to me,” she joked.
As part of his promise to donate his profits, Ohanian promised $ 1 million to Colin Kaepernick’s “Know Your Rights” campaign, which he said seemed an “obvious” starting point.
[He] he seemed like the obvious first person to get in touch and say, “hey, we still have a lot to understand, but I want to make sure the first million goes to the work you do,” and he was very kind to accepting, ”he said.
The 37-year-old also gained candid experience of his experiences with race, revealing how to marry a black woman allowed him to face his white privilege, which at times was uncomfortable.
“I think it’s important for all of us in white America, especially for men, to feel comfortable with this pain,” he said, adding that discomfort leads to change and growth.
Ohanian, 37, made the shock message in a video uploaded to his Instagram page around noon Friday
“There have been so many times I’ve even seen things you have to deal with.” It’s just total bulls ** t that you have to deal with with grace and dignity, “he said.
“We are comfortable with him, we are too comfortable with him. “It’s unpleasant, and we’re used to being uncomfortable with it,” Williams said.
The technical entrepreneur also admitted that he should never have experienced discomfort or insecurity at work, saying “at no point in my career have I ever felt that I was ever in the wrong room or that I was ever tried” .
“And then to see the things you have to deal with is infuriating.” And when I ask my fellow white men, the rich … come on guys, we have an obligation to lean on this discomfort, “he added.
Williams also talked about his experience with racism in the sports world and how he relies on his faith to overcome it.
“It simply came to our notice then. I got into a sport that was completely white and it was definitely not easy to look back.
– Indeed, it all came down to my faith and realizing that all this is temporary. What I believe in and what the Bible teaches is that there is so much more waiting if we exercise faith.
The technical founder and investor is married to tennis star Serena Williams and they have a two-year-old daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanyan Jr. (pictured together here)
Williams shared the post on his own social media accounts, saying he was “so proud of his commitment not only to me, but to ‘us.'”
“I think I would be very angry, very vicious, very jealous if I didn’t have this spiritual background,” she added.
On Friday, Williams shared Ohanian’s post on her own social media accounts, saying she was “proud” of her husband.
“She is so proud of her commitment not only to me, but to ‘us,'” she wrote on Twitter, along with a retweet from her husband’s post.
In another tweet, she wrote: “It is important to have different points of view on all kinds of boards. So proud of you, Alexis. I know that Olympia will be too.
The shocking news comes just days after former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao flooded the company when she published an open letter to employees condemning racism after the death of black George Floyd at the hands of a white cop in Minneapolis last week.