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Actress Anne Hathaway took the word “ally” to greater heights after she posted a powerful message honoring the life of slain Oakland teen Nia Wilson.

But in the same breath, Hathaway’s message also took aim at white privilege, accountability and the ineffectiveness of silence when Black lives are at risk.

Wilson was brutally stabbed in the neck by a white man while riding a BART train on Sunday evening. Her short life and her tragic death have again spurred up raw emotion on the ever-present threat of death due to existing in a Black body.

“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,” Hathaway 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 xx Note: the comments for this post are closed. #blacklivesmatter #antiracist #noexcuse #sayhername #earntherighttosayhername

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“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 is not the only celebrity who has used their platform and privilege to call out racial violence towards Black men and women in America. She often uses her Instagram to call out social justices. Her Wednesday message is a powerful examination that being a true ally starts with actions such as this. To operate in the function of “allyship” or “allyhood, you must examine and rebuke America’s long storied history of violence against people of color and the privilege bestowed upon you. But like Hathaway, you must also take it a step further and ask this of your white brethren.

“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,” Hathaway wrote.

“Note: the comments for this post are closed,” she concluded in true NeNe Leakes” “I said what I said,” fashion.

Thank you Anne Hathaway for acknowledging that Nia’s Black life mattered.

 

Actress Anne Hathaway’s Instagram Post On Nia Wilson’s Tragic Death Gives White People A Lesson On Humanity & Privilege was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

16 thoughts on “Actress Anne Hathaway’s Instagram Post On Nia Wilson’s Tragic Death Gives White People A Lesson On Humanity & Privilege

    • Mac Daddy not Baby Daddy on said:

      Wow, black women have absolutely zero femininity left. It has been completely bred out of them

    • Khafee on said:

      I can respect Anne Hathaway’s comments. However, when a white woman comes to the defense of black women before scores of black men do, that’s indicative of the level of psychosis some of our brothers suffer from. Black men should be outraged. When black men stand by and watch black women be brutalized and murdered, white supremacy has succeeded its mission to the fullest. But, please know dear brothers, because we are of the same spirit, because we a reflection of each other, because your life is the offspring of our life, our brutalization is your brutalization and our death is your death.

  1. americanize on said:

    Well Ms Hathaway get ready for the backlash,that will come from ur own people.I,am very well aware that there are white people who are not racist,but you are outnumbered and its a system that’s works very well for white people and also good white people are powerless over the white supremacist.

  2. Saturn on said:

    My condolences and deepest heartfelt sympathy to the family of Nia Wilson. I pray for the mending of your broken hearts.

    Thank you Ms.Hathaway for acknowledging and not remaining silent!

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  4. jhuff on said:

    Lecture from an air head liberal elitist suffering from white guilt syndrome Ms. Hathaway if you really care about black lives direct your comments to the thousands of YBM and YBW murdered in the inner city’s by other blacks through this country, and save your dam virtue signaling for the Oscars

  5. SheCat54 on said:

    Who the hell is this horse face peckerwood. She’s one of them and that’s enough for me not to give a dam about what she posted. We don’t need you to try and make us feel better because you can’t! This mf bastard MURDERED this beautiful young brown skin woman because he is pure EVIL!! I want to kill the worthless piece of scum. I pray he commits suicide. I’m so fu**ing hurt and angry that this is the type of sh** I have to worry about daily. Brown skins we need to get ready and be ready to start taking matters into our own hands. This is what God wants us to do. We have rights.

    • Why are you so filled with hate that you cannot see this woman is speaking kindly in support of Black lives? I’m not white, and I sense her sorrow at this tragedy that happened to this young woman.

    • Mac Daddy not Baby Daddy on said:

      We are 10 x more likely to be attacked by a black person than the boogeyman whitey. Facts matter Peeps

  6. Natalene Smith on said:

    He wasn’t to mentally ill yo commit murder, so he is murderous ass needs the death penalty‼️ That won’t happen because we’ve become a nation thar warehouses these heinous vermin instead of exterminating them😡

  7. Jeff M on said:

    Im hearing that there already calling this cave beast mentally ill, like they do all the time for these knuckle dragging types. They need to realease him into East Oakland and allow him to get the blackman beatdown of his life. To my brothas world wide, WE ARE AT WAR!! Put your differences aside and join hands yo defeat these cave beast who might wanna do us harm. Lets play Offense instead of Defense for a change…

  8. First I like to give my condolences to the family of Nia Wilson who was a beautiful young woman I really appreciate your comment about white privilege and what you think you all should do. If the roles were reversed we would be trying to figure out what to do we would come up with a solution. I just think people like the white man that killed that young woman he was just a hateful person and me hope when he gets in jail just what he did Nia he’ll get the same treatment.

    • No, don’t wish the same upon this person, lest you become as evil as was he when he committed this murder. We cannot be vigilantes. He shall receive his just reward, whatever that might be, all in due time. The worst that I wish for him is that he is soon discovered and caught so that it cannot happen to another. We might never know what his punishment is, if he is not caught, but God is a just God, and he shall receive due punishment whether we know it or not.

      • lois on said:

        Amen. God is a just God anyhow. Don’t think that they won’t get what’s coming to them. Killing someone is the worst insult to God. He is the creator of life and what He created is senselessly being killed.

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