Anne Hathaway just gave white folks a long overdue message in a heartfelt and lengthy post on her Instagram page.
The Oscar nominated actress called out white privilege in memory of the woman killed in an unprovoked stabbing at an Oakland train station on Sunday night.
Hathaway, 35, posted a picture of Nia Wilson, 18, the woman who died after being stabbed to death at a BART station platform. Wilson’s sister was also wounded in the attack. John Cowell, 27, was arrested in connection with the incident on Monday following a manhunt.
“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,” the Academy Award-winning actress wrote. “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,” she continued.
Hathaway then called on others to “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,” she concluded.
Hathaway noted that the comments section would be closed for the post, but other celebs like Jada Pinkett Smith reposted her powerful words and shared their two cents on the matter.
“Bless you@annehathaway. Your courageous words and compassion gave my heart some hope today💕 #sisterhood,” she said, before reposting Hathaways message.
Dear White People star Logan Browning also reposted Hathaway’s words on her own Instagram, echoing Hathaway’s call to action.
“You as a person who is white in America can make the effort to understand the experience of those who are not, and be vocal about the truth,” Browning wrote. “Be an ally. Be an amplifier.”
Many stars, including Lena Waithe, Bruno Mars and Rose McGowan have posted photos and art of Wilson on their personal accounts, along with the hashtags #SayHerName and #JusticeForNia.
“Why do we have to die to become immortal?” Waithe tweeted.
Wilson, a young black woman from Oakland, was fatally stabbed by a white man at the BART MacArthur Station on Sunday evening. Her sister, Latifah Wilson, 26, was also stabbed and hospitalized for her wounds, but has since been released.
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