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Anne Hathaway calls out white privilege in powerful post

SPEAKING OUT: Anne Hathaway

THE RACIALLY-motivated stabbings of two teenage black girls, which resulted in the death of 18-year-old Nia Wilson, has placed focus on the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the black women who are also affected.

Celebrities including Zendaya, Naomi Campbell, Tracie Ellis-Ross plus more have spoken out after Wilson's death, and most surprisingly, actress Anne Hathaway has also used her platform to not only share her condolences but to check white privilege and ask: "how decent are we really?"

In an Instagram post uploaded on Thursday (Jul 25), The Princess Diaries actress wrote: "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."

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

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The comments were posted alongside an image of Nia, which has been widely shared across social media.

The death of Nia Wilson has sparked protests across Oakland, California and a global discussion about gender and race-based violence.

The suspected killer, John Cowell, has been arrested.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf released a statement on the suspect's arrest: "The senseless murder of Nia Wilson and the stabbing of her sister Latifah has traumatised our community, and most especially their family and friends.

"I want to again express my condolences to them, first and foremost. I am relieved to learn that the suspect was apprehended after an anonymous tip from a BART rider led to the arrest of the suspect. May this serve as the first step in bringing justice for the Wilson family, and healing to our community.

"As the Mayor of Oakland, it's important I acknowledge that this horrific crime has a context. Although investigators currently have no evidence to conclude that this tragedy was racially motivated or that the suspect was affiliated with any hate groups, 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."

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