Nia Wilson was a beloved daughter, sister, and friend. According to her family she had just graduated from Oakland High School, and wanted to be a lawyer or do something in criminal justice. Nia also loved music and was an aspiring rapper. At a vigil held Monday night in Oakland, Nia’s sister played some of her music for the crowd.
On Sunday night Nia Wilson and two of her sisters were on their way home from a family gathering when two of them were viciously stabbedwhile in a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train station in Oakland, California. Nia, just 18, succumbed to her injuries, while her 26-year-old sister, Letifah, survived the assault.
Their attacker was a white 27 year old man with a long rap sheet, since the hate crime he has been arrested,but before the arrest, the murder sparked protests and activism in real life and social media, as people feared that police would once again neglect the murder of a black person in America. After protests in Oakland on Monday, police arrested Cowell later in the day.
“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 ” -Anne Hathaway
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf shared her sincere condolences to the family and friends of Nia Wilson
— Lucas Guilkey (@lucasguilkey) July 24, 2018