Actress Anne Hathaway is using her privilege as a white woman to spotlight the apparently unprovoked slaying of Nia Wilson, the black California teenager who police say was killed by a knife-wielding white man as she stepped off a BART train in Oakland.
Hathaway, in an impassioned Instagram post on Wednesday, wrote that the killing of Wilson, 18, was “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,” wrote Hathaway.
Hathaway’s post begins to unpack what it means to be a white woman in America:
“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.”
The shocking attack last week at a BART station left Wilson dead and a half-sister seriously wounded.