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Anne Hathaway Goes on a Rant About ‘White Privilege’ After Tragedy

'Ocean's 8' actress needs to take some time to listen to regular Americans before engaging in bubble-induced tirades

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Actress Anne Hathaway knows what’s to blame for a recent train stabbing that tragically took the life of 18-year-old Nia Wilson: white privilege.

Wilson was allegedly stabbed by a 27-year-old white ex-con on a BART train in Oakland — her sister was also stabbed but only wounded. The man’s family reportedly said he suffered from schizophrenia and was bipolar.

It is not yet known what the motivation behind the crime was, but Hathaway has already come to a conclusion.

“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,” the “Ocean’s 8” actress wrote on Instagram.

She continued, “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?”

She then added, “Peace and prayers and JUSTICE for Nia and the Wilson family xx.”

Actresses like Reese Witherspoon praised Hathaway for her words.

There’s little that could be written here to convince someone as Left as Hathaway that her words are unhelpful and selfish. It is beyond tragic that something like this could happen, but to immediately start talking about campus terms like “white privilege” before any facts are known is ridiculous. How about we talk about mental illness instead? Or our fractured culture?

Instead of arguing against Hathaway’s words, let’s instead point her in the direction of someone she may respect.

Taylor Sheridan has spent the past few years becoming Hollywood’s hottest screenwriter. He’s written hits like “Sicario,” “Hell or High Water” and “Wind River.” He currently has the show “Yellowstone” airing on television.

Hathaway has not worked with him, but plenty of actors pursue the chance to speak his words on camera. He’s worked with Kevin Costner, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeff Bridges, and many others.

Though he’s a popular face in Tinseltown, he seems more grounded than others. His stories often tackle the issues of Middle America, and he never touches on politics the way other celebrities with platforms do.

He recently did an interview with Esquire in which he said a few things about “white privilege” — and people like Hathaway should take a moment to pay attention to it (minus the cursing, that is).

“Here’s the worst two words put together in the past 10 years: white privilege,” Sheridan said. “Oh, really? Help me, Mr. Harvard-f***ing-Ph.D., convince the man who’s losing his ranch, who can’t afford his kid’s college — he has no health care, he has no f***ing clue what Obamacare is, he’s never seen a Social Security f***ing-office, his only concept of federal government is taxes. How do I convince that guy he’s privileged? You won’t do it.”

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