A white man stabbed two young black women, one of them to death, in Oakland on Sunday night. Nia Wilson, 18, died as her sister, Lahtifa, 26, tried to protect her. The suspect was arrested Tuesday. The violence has been interpreted as racist in nature, and activists and celebrities have flooded social media with their outrage.
Anne Hathaway joined them Wednesday night with a powerful post that called on white people, including herself, to reflect on their privilege.
"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. "She is not a hashtag; she was a black woman and she was murdered in cold blood by a white man."
She continued, writing that "all black people fear for their lives DAILY...and have done so for GENERATIONS." She added, "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?," she continued. "Not in our intent, but in our actions? In our lack of action?"