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Anne Hathaway's Words Reverberate in Wake of Murder - Page 2

Nia Wilson's Sunday night death in Oakland prompts a strong outcry
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2018 9:00 AM CDT

  • It wasn't the only insult King highlighted. He wrote that a Sunday night vigil attracted thousands of people in Oakland—and white supremacists. "Never – in the entire history of this country – will you find an example of white people coming together to grieve the brutal murder of their loved one – the day after it happened – only to have their grief physically interrupted by belligerent Black folk telling them that they are worthless. It’s never happened. It never will happen."
  • The Washington Post reports longtime KTVU anchor Frank Somerville did offer a mea culpa on Monday. He wasn't at work when the photo was used, he explains in a Facebook post, but as a "newsroom leader" he wanted to convey that "We NEVER should have used that picture. ... Please know that everyone here at KTVU is mortified by what happened." Read the full apology here.
  • ABC News on Thursday reported the #SayHerName hashtag was trending. USA Today notes that hashtag and variations of it have been used in the past to shine a light on black men and women killed by police or while in the custody of them. Tracee Ellis Ross and Janelle Monae were among the many celebs using the hashtag in relation to Wilson. Viola Davis wrote, "To the killer...I will NOT say your name. To Nia...we will shout yours from the rooftops!!!"
  • But no celebrity post is garnering as much attention and praise as that written Thursday by Anne Hathaway, who used the hashtag but wrote that Wilson "is not a hash tag; she was a black woman and she was murdered in cold blood by a white man." But it's the next part of her post that packs the most power.
  • Hathaway wrote: "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?" Read her full post here.
(Read more Nia Wilson stories.)

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