Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway has hit out after a black teenager was stabbed to death on a train in the US.
Nia Wilson, 18, was killed after she and her sister were both stabbed in the neck on Sunday night (July 22) in Oakland.
The stabbing has led Hathaway to write a lengthy post on Instagram.
“The murder of Nia Wilson – may she rest in the power and peace she was denied here – is unspeakable. She was a black woman and she was murdered in cold blood by a white man,” 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. We must ask our (white)selves – how “decent” are we really? Not in our intent, but in our actions? In our lack of action?”
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The murder of Nia Wilson- may she rest in the power and peace she was denied here- 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. 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. 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 xx Note: the comments for this post are closed. #blacklivesmatter #antiracist #noexcuse #sayhername #earntherighttosayhername
Police have arrested suspect John Lee Cowell, but officials say it is unclear if race played a factor, reports BBC News.
In a recent statement, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf raised the subject of race in response to the killing.
She said that although the attacker’s motivation is not yet known, “the fact that his victims were both young African-American women stirs deep pain and palpable fear in all of us who acknowledge the reality that our country still suffers from a tragic and deeply racist history”.
Meanwhile, Hathaway recently spoke out about bodyshaming in the movie and media industries, saying she has been “shamed and humiliated” in the past.