Transcript for Alexis Ohanian, Serena Williams' husband, steps down from Reddit board
We move to our cover story. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian resigns from his board. The tech entrepreneur and husband of Serena Williams asked the company to replace him with a blackboard member to promote diversity. Deborah Roberts is here with the good morning, Deborah. Reporter: Good morning, George. Talk about walking the talk, this is powerful action from a powerful tech tight tang. Alexis Ohanian saying he recognized his privilege as a white male and he's willing to give up some of that privilege to create a better world for his young daughter. I'm doing this for me, for my family and for my country. Reporter: Alexis Ohanian's bombshell decision stunning everyone including wife of three years, tennis star Serena Williams. Upon reflecting on the state of where our country is right now, I thought about what I could do beyond a social media post, beyond a donation. Reporter: In the midst of worldwide protests demanding racial equality, the two dissecting his bold move giving up his board seat at his $3 billion social media company Reddit. Ohanian saying he wants to make room for someone of color. We need diversity at the highest levels of business. This was not an easy decision at all. Reddit is a company that I started right out of college. Reporter: But more than anything, he says, he's trying to reshape the world for the couple's young daughter Olympia Alexis. I'm saying this as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks, what did you do? Reporter: Live on Instagram in a rare and candid talk from their home the couple pulling back the curtain on their marriage. Serena laying bare her struggles as a black woman. A lot of inequality and I've had to deal with racism. I scramble my brain trying to think of one time in my life where I walked into a room, a boardroom full of billionaires and didn't feel totally like -- like totally welcome there. That I never had to prove myself in a room ever. And then to see the things you have to deal with would infuriate me. It's sad that someone on my level has had to accept being paid less because of the color of my skin. Reporter: Power couple, the two have forged a strong bond being open about race and gender issues. My whole life I've been taught to see things different because of who I am, because of the color of my skin. There's been so many situations I've been in that, you know, I just have to take the high road. One of the things that just broke me at some point in the last week was I was looking at Olympia. She only knows love. Every child is that same blank canvas of pure love. Reporter: And that love prompting him to lead the charge for big changes in big business, stepping up by stepping down. I really believe we all know this change is overdue and I really believe that it is coming and we'll continue to see people get louder. Reporter: This was a fascinating conversation between the two of them that went on for about half an hour. Ohanian saying he is encouraging other white men to lean in to discomfort in talking about race because he certainly shares some of his discomfort and also encouraging them to lead differently to maybe give up some high positions to make room for diversity, robin. Boy, what a lesson, what a lesson he is teaching us all. All right, deb, thank you as always. So good to see you.
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