*Outraged by the fatal stabbing of 18-year-old Nia Wilson by a white man, Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway dedicated an Instagram post to the young black woman while condemning those who take comfort in their “white privilege” when racial attacks like this occur.
“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,” she wrote. “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?”
She ended the message with the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, as well as #AntiRacist, #NoExcuse,
#SayHerName, and #EarnTheRightToSayHerName.
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
Wilson and her sister, who survived the attack, were stabbed at the BART MacArthur Station in Oakland, Calif., on July 22.
While Hathaway turned off the comment section for the post, folks still found a way to either praise or side-eye the “Ocean’s 8” star for her opinion.
One person called her a “self-hating white b**ch who constantly does the most to get the acceptance and approval of black people online… so f***ing pathetic and cringey.”
“Saying white people will never feel fear like black people is wrong,” another critic commented under one of Hathaway’s older posts. “There’s thousands of white girls in the world who are too scared to leave their homes after they’ve been abused, raped, and trafficked by men. There’s many white girls who have been murdered by men. Like I get it you’re privileged as hell and think every white woman is the same as you but that’s now how it works. Racism is disgusting and white supremacy needs to die but some of the stuff you said is just wrong.”
Hathaway’s not the only white celebrity to speak out for Wilson. Amber Tamblyn also posted about her murder this week.
She is absolutely right. My fellow white women, where is your outrage on social media for the targeted murder of Nia Wilson in Oakland? Speak up. I can’t hear you. A high feminist tide lifts all female boats. #NiaWilson #Repost @delainethebrain ・・・ What I’ve learned over the last 6 months is that OUR issues are still not THEIR issues. So I had to stop following so many of them, who could be so silent on the violence towards US. I traded their voices for @rachel.cargle @poetictouch @austinchanning @shishi.rose @yrsadaleyward @wildmysticwoman @truthstable and others. And in turn, they cease the bloodletting that white feminism offers US, transfuse life and hope, and dress my wounds. #niawilson