OAKLAND, Calif. (FOX 26) - 18-year-old Nia Wilson was stabbed to death on a train platform in Oakland, Calif. John Lee Cowell, 27, faces a charge of murder along with attempted murder in the stabbing of Nia's sister Lahtifa, who survived the attack.
On social media the hashtag campaign #JusticeForNia is trending and being promoted by some notable entertainers. Actors Tracee Ellis Ross, Jada Pinkett Smith and Anne Hathaway are all using their platforms to draw attention to the Nia's death and to demand justice in the case.
Hathaway had to disable comments in the following post based on the level of engagement, both positive and negative, that it was drawing:
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
Relationship expert & comedian Amber Neal and Black Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter: Houston activist Shere Dore discuss the case and Hathaway's social media reaction with Isiah Carey.