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Anne Hathaway talks white privilege after the killing of Nia Wilson

‘We must ask our (white)selves- how ‘decent’ are we really?’


Alex Dalbey


Celebrities are publicly reflecting on white privilege and violence against women of color in the wake of 18-year-old Nia Wilson’s senseless killing.

People were shocked by the attack on Wilson, and assault of her 26-year-old sister Lahtifa Wilson, Sunday night at a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station platform. A 27-year-old suspect, John Lee Cowell, has been booked with murder. The attack has been characterized as unprovoked and random, but many are wondering about the racial elements at play.

Media coverage of Wilson’s death has been disrespectful at times to the victim’s memory, negatively characterizing her. In the wake of the tragedy and public response, Anne Hathaway spoke out on Instagram, using her platform and privilege as a white celebrity to bring attention to Wilson’s death.

“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,” Hathaway wrote in her Instagram post.

Hathaway didn’t just bring attention to Wilson’s death, but also turned a mirror to society, saying, “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.”

Other celebrities such as Sophia Bush, Bevy Smith, and Tracee Ellis Ross have spoken up about the killing and explicitly called out racism. “Nia Wilson was murdered by a white supremacist on parole,” Bush wrote in her Instagram post.

People are thanking celebrities for bringing attention to Wilson and white privilege, and for keeping the conversation about violence against women of color at the front of the public consciousness.

Hathaway also used her post to request that white people examine their privilege and internalized racism, saying, “We must ask our (white)selves- how ‘decent’ are we really? Not in our intent, but in our actions? In our lack of action?”

H/T Buzzfeed News

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