On July 22, John Cowell murdered Nia Wilson. That is a terrible tragedy which should be treated with somber respect.
The following article isn’t about the abomination of the murder, but rather, Hollywood and the perspective of one arbiter of justice.
So here we go…
Concerning the terrible crime, in which case the victim was a black female and the assailant a white male:
Famed socio-political analyst Anne Hathaway is using the occasion to teach us about race in America.
If you are white, the first thing you must know, according to Hathaway, is that you and she are privileged.
I’ll say that again:
You and Anne Hathaway are privileged.
That makes sense —
Anne Hathaway is white; you are white.
Anne Hathaway was born in America; you were born in America.
Anne Hathaway is worth $35 million, you are worth $35 million.
You are worth $35 million!
Apparently. According to Anne Hathaway.
Actually, let me pause the article for a moment to say: Congratulations.
Wait — I just remembered: I’M worth $35 million, too!
Now I don’t even think I should finish this article; I have money I need to spend.
To the contrary, I may not be white. Or even close. You don’t know.
But if you’re white, Anne’s got your number, baby!
Here’s something else she knows about you: you need to accept truth. What truth is that, you may wonder? It’s the fact that ALL black people fear for their lives, DAILY, in America.
Oh no! I fear for my life?
I may — I may be black; again, you don’t know.
Either way, let’s learn about ourselves together. Take it away, Anne, via Instagram:
“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?”
Anne ends the post with the following hashtags: #blacklivesmatter #antiracist #noexcuse #sayhername #earntherighttosayhername
A few thoughts:
- Anne says Nia wasn’t granted “power” on earth. How does she know? Is it because Nia was black? Therefore, since “all” black people fear for their lives each day, no black people are powerful? Was Thurgood Marshall powerful? He made decisions that potentially affect every American citizen. Is LeBron James powerful? He’s worth $440 million (and on his way to being a billionaire). Wait — does that mean he’s extra-privileged? I mean, you and Anne only have $35. Also, LeBron is 6’8″ and 250 lbs. I doubt he’s afraid of white people. What about Barack Obama? He’s half black; was he only half powerful in the White House?
- Nia Wilson isn’t a hashtag, but it’s okay for her to be a hashtag if the hashtag is “earntherighttosayhername?” How does someone earn this right? How did Anne Hathaway earn it? She said it in her post. Hopefully, it didn’t cost more than $35 million. If it’s $70, you and Anne could go in halfsies and split her first and last name.
- Anne claims white people don’t have the same fear of violence. Is that a result of black on black crime? If so, then what do white people have to do with it? If it is, rather, because white people are predators and black people are prey, then that defies statistics on crime against black people in America. Perhaps Anne has been getting her stats from Colin Kaepernick, who, I believe, is the only person I’ve ever called a “moron” in an article (please see here and here).
- What does the fact that Nia Wilson was a black woman who was murdered by a white man have anything to do with anything? What if she was a white woman murdered by a black man? Or a Japanese woman murdered by a Brazilian man? Or a Mexican man murdered by a black woman? All of those exist. How is race important here?
Anne wants to teach us all how to be decent. Yet, she doesn’t really check her privilege: the average household income in America was just above $58,000 as of last December. She’s writing to people who are nothing like her in that department.
And hopefully, they are nothing like her in the department of having any reasonable perspective on life or power in America — for blacks, whites, and whatever the heck I may be.
Please watch all three videos at the bottom; they’re fantastic (especially the last one, but the first two help set it up).
Thank you for reading! Let me know what you think of this story in the Comments below. And please check out the Colin Kaepernick articles in the links above.
For something totally different, here are my write-ups of Harvey Weinstein and his courtroom plea, Bill Clinton’s explanation of why he couldn’t get elected today, and Disney’s hiring and firing of Keith Olbermann vs Roseanne.
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