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Folks Are Upset That Mainstream Media Isn't Calling Nia Wilson's Death A Hate Crime, But Is This The Proof That It Was?

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People are sounding off about mainstream media not calling the death of black teen Nia Wilson a hate crime, but is there enough proof that it was? Let's discuss inside...

18-year-old Nia Wilson was randomly stabbed to death by a white man while standing on a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station platform in Oakland, California last Sunday (June 22nd). Her 26-year-old sister, 26-year-old sister Lahtifa Wilson, was also stabbed repeatedly.

By Monday night (June 23rd), 27-year-old John Cowell was arrested in connection to the stabbing. Since the attack, some people have been vocal that the attack was a hate crime and people are upset that mainstream media isn't calling it as such.

However, CNN reported officials still haven't "confirmed" the reason for what prompted the attack, which a police chief compared to a "prison yard assault." The news outlet posted an article recently with the headline: "Officials still don't know why a white man allegedly stabbed a black woman to death in a subway station" 

The headline was enough for activist/journalist Shaun King to call out the outlet for not labeling the incident as a hate crime.

Here's what he posted:


Since the attacker is white and the victim is black, some have claimed the attack was racially motivated. BART police and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office have said they don't have evidence to back up that claim, according to CNN.



It's being reported John Cowell is a known racist who is a suggested member of the Proud Boys (some pointing out the fact he's wearing "skinhead attire" wearing the white laces with the black boots). According to SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center), the Proud Boys are a hate and extremist group that was founded in 2016 by Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes. Shaun King referred to the group as the "new KKK in a different form."

After Nia's untimely death, nearly 1,000 people reportedly marched in Oakland for a vigil to remember the life of the slain teen. During the vigil, witnesses on the scene claim at least five Proud Boys showed up (allegedly wearing Trump hates) and one of them ended up getting the crap beaten out of him by protestors. Peep the clip that's going around below:



Here's a detailed account of what went down by someone allegedly on the scene during the vigil:



Shaun King alsotalked about the Proud Boys:



In the clip, he said, "White supremacists in Trump hats calling themselves proud boys, a new white supremacist group. It’s like the new KKK. They’ve just put on nicer shirts, but it’s just the KKK in a different form. With Trump hats, [they] show up to disrupt the vigil. Like, show up to interrupt people grieving. How sick do you have to be to show up and interrupt people during their moment of grief?”


A Proud Boys Twitter page issued a statement saying they had nothing to do with the death of Nia and they supposedly do not support racism bigotry:



It has also been reported that John Cowell has long suffered from mental illness. His family issued a statement that said he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

CNN reports: "He has been in & out of jail & has not had the proper treatment," the statement said. He's been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, the family said, and they had to get a restraining order at one point "for our own protection." Cowell's been living on the streets since. "This is in no way an excuse for this senseless and vicious attack," the statement said.

Did his mental illness cause him to commit the horrific act, or did it allow him to align with ignorant, disgusting racists and hunt down two innocent black women?  Or, is hesimply a a domestic terrorist racist, made up of all of the above? We wouldn’t be surprised that anyone with any sense could definitely believe this is a hate crime based on the circumstances. Could it have been a result of or compounded by a sexist crime, or mental disease? Which, don’t all racists have a form of mental disease as well? Regardless of the answer, we highly doubt this was just completely random, based on the information known.

We're going to leave this here:










Also, two white Hollywood stars - Anne Hathaway and Reese Witherspoon - finally spoke out against white privilege:



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 xx Note: the comments for this post are closed. #blacklivesmatter #antiracist #noexcuse #sayhername #earntherighttosayhername

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