- The Washington Times - Friday, July 27, 2018

Anne Hathaway published a rant on social media calling on white people, including herself, to acknowledge the racial privilege that allows them to exist in this country without the constant fear of being killed.

The Oscar-winning actress made the comments on Instagram in response to the stabbing death of 18-year-old Nia Wilson over the weekend at an Oakland train station.

“The murder of Nia Wilson — may she rest in the power and peace she was denied her — is unspeakable AND MUST NOT be met with silence. She is not a hash tag; she was a black woman and she was murdered in cold blood by a white man,” Ms. Hathaway wrote.

“White people — including me, including you — must take into the marrow of our privileged bones the truth that ALL black people fear for their lives DAILY in America and have done so for GENERATIONS. White people DO NOT have equivalence for this fear of violence,” she continued. “Given those givens, we must ask our (white)selves- how ‘decent’ are we really? Not in our intent, but in our actions? In our lack of action? Peace and prayers and JUSTICE for Nia and the Wilson family.”

Ms. Hathaway ended her post with the hashtag #SayHerName, which, along with #SayHisName, has historically been used to draw attention to black men and women killed by police or in police custody, USA Today reported.

Bernice King, youngest daughter of slain civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., tweeted a thank you to Ms. Hathaway for the post.

Celebrities Tracee Ellis Ross, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bruno Mars and Rose McGowan also tweeted support for the slain teen.

Wilson, a black teen, was murdered Sunday night at the MacArthur BART station in Oakland, after a man suddenly approached her from behind and stabbed her in the neck. Police said the attack appeared to be random and without provocation. John Lee Cowell, a 27-year-old with a lengthy criminal record and a history of mental illness, was arrested in connection with the killing.

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide