Anne Hathaway's comments on white privilege are dividing opinion

Jack Webb@JackWebb92
Monday 30 July 2018 12:30

Anne Hathaway recently launched into scathing diatribe about white privilege following the murder of Nia Wilson, a black teenager stabbed to death last week.

Wilson, 18, was killed at a transit station in Oakland, California by a white man who stabbed her in the neck.

The murder is senselessly horrific and it seems like attacks like this are becoming commonplace around America.

Anne Hathaway took to Instagram and pleaded we all check our white privilege and understand the violence and oppression that still faces people of colour in America.

This is the post in full, accompanying a picture of Nia Wilson, 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.

She continued:

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?

True to the tone of 2018, the statement has since divided people, with some praising her post and others taking issue with it.

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