In an Instagram post on Wednesday, actor Anne Hathaway called out white privilege and used her platform to highlight the murder of Nia Wilson, a black teenager killed Sunday while standing on a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station platform.
John Cowell, a white man and the 27-year-old suspect in the case, was apprehended by authorities Monday.
Cowell allegedly pulled out a knife, unprovoked, and "very rapidly" stabbed 18-year-old Wilson. Wilson's sister, Lahtifa, 26, was also wounded and is now in stable condition.
BART Police Chief Carlos Rojas said that the attack on Wilson "was probably one of the most vicious" he'd seen in his 30 years of being an officer.
"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," Hathaway wrote. "She is not a hash tag; she was a black woman and she was murdered in cold blood by a white man."
The Ocean's 8 star then shifted the onus to white people, who she said "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," Hathaway said.
"Given those givens, we must ask our (white)selves - how 'decent' are we really?" she continued. "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."
BuzzFeed News has reached out to Hathaway's representatives for additional comment.