No motive has yet been discovered for why a white man stabbed a black woman to death at an Oakland, California subway station on Sunday, according to CNN. The brutal assault has infuriated many across the nation.
Actress Anne Hathaway, best known for her young role in “The Princess Diaries,” concluded on her own that the murder was entirely about race and responded with a very emotional post about race relations in America. But what she wrote came across as downright racist — or least, very ignorant — to many folks of all skin tones.
After denouncing the murder, Hathaway wrote on Instagram, “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 then claimed.
Hathaway added, “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?”
While many members of the black community praised Hathaway’s post, quite a few — liberal and conservative — blasted it on social media.
“Here goes the ‘virtue signaling wanna be white hero who’s seeking to buy clout from black people’ go,” wrote Twitter user darNoemie. “No Annie, I dont AT ALL fear for my life everyday because of white people. Stop tryin to speak for ‘ALL’ black people & actually go to the hood. Thats where REAL fear lives.”
Conservative talk radio show host Larry Elder tweeted, “Anne, You’re not helping. Blacks commit disproportionately more hate crimes, and commit 85% of violent black vs. white crimes.”
“Anne Hathaway ITS NOT ABOUT MOVIES! THERE IS NO WHITE PRIVILEGE.. like YOUR FAKE PRINCESS LANDS!! MOST BLACK LIVES ARE HAPPY ~WE ARE CITIZENS & PROTECTED!! ALL WHITE PEOPLE ARE NOT RACIST, BUT THIS MOVE MAKES U LOOK LIKE U ARE .. CALLING ALL BLACK PEOPLE AFRAID!!,” wrote Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter supporter and Twitter user MissionaryBLMM.
Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke exclaimed, “This goof says ‘ALL BLACKS FEAR FOR THEIR LIVES DAILY’. I didn't drink that KOOL-AID when the cup was passed around. I FEAR the Democrat Party and their liberal policy that destroyed the black family and Planned Parenthood who murders black babies.”
“No, Anne Hathaway, ALL black people do NOT fear for their lives daily. You don't speak for me,” wrote civil rights author Ryan Bomberger. “Nia Wilson's murder was horrific. Don't exploit it. We don't know, as her godfather even said, WHAT the motive was. Stop this needless racial division & white privilege garbage. #Racism”
Twitter user Jazztastic wrote, “I thought generalizing Black ppl was racist. How can Anne Hathaway truly believe that she can assume that "ALL black people fear for their lives DAILY in America"? This is ridiculous and false.”
“I really have to wonder if Anne Hathaway literally knows ANY black people,” wrote Jamel Cooper on Facebook. "’ALL black people fear for their lives DAILY in America.’ Lady have you actually met a black person? I don't know any black people that live in a constant state of fear. And no, I honestly don't care what she meant, because what she said was stupid and it looks, to me, like nothing more that the politicization of a tragedy.”