US actress Anne Hathaway has urged white people to ask "how 'decent' are we really?" after a black teenager was stabbed to death on a California train.
Nia Wilson, 18, was killed after she and her sister were both knifed in the neck on Sunday night in Oakland.
"She was a black woman and she was murdered in cold blood by a white man," Hathaway wrote on Instagram.
The suspect, John Lee Cowell, is in custody, but officials say it is unclear if race played a factor.
Hathaway's post 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."
"We must ask our (white)selves - how "decent" are we really?" she added. "Not in our intent, but in our actions? In our lack of action?"
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
The comments were posted alongside an image of Ms Wilson, who was returning home from a family event when she was attacked.
"It basically happened at the snap of the fingers, at the drop of the pin," police chief Carlos Rojas said at a news conference on Monday.
He added that it was "the most vicious" attack he had seen in his nearly 30-year career.
"It's more reminiscent of a prison yard assault," Chief Rojas said. "They do their attack so quickly that before anybody can really react, the person takes off running."
The suspect was arrested on Monday night on board another train after an anonymous tipster called police.
In a statement on Monday, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf raised the subject of race in response to the killing.
She said that although the attacker's motivation is not yet known, "the fact that his victims were both young African-American women stirs deep pain and palpable fear in all of us who acknowledge the reality that our country still suffers from a tragic and deeply racist history".
More celebrities added their voices to the outcry over Wilson's murder, some using the #SayHerName hashtag.
Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis wrote on Twitter: "To the killer... I will NOT say your name. To Nia... we will shout yours from the rooftops!!!"
You know.....at what point will it stop? I'm getting tired of the heartbreak. Tired of needing to organize rally's to convince people that our lives matter. To the killer...I will NOT say your name. To Nia...we will shout yours from the rooftops!!! pic.twitter.com/2i03JfCQgS— Viola Davis (@violadavis) July 25, 2018
Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross wrote: "Our bodies and our humanity deserve safety and joy." Others paying tribute included Reese Witherspoon.
Anne Hathaway, I stan for you my unproblematic Caucasian Queen!— Elle (@EsotericElle_) July 26, 2018
But not everyone was happy about Hathaway's post.
Anne should give up half the money she made from her white privilege to black causes. Anne Hathaway attacks 'white privilege' after death of black teenager in California https://t.co/zd8Biocext— Susan Russell (@SusanRussellLV) July 27, 2018
#AnneHathaway is trending for blaming #NiaWilson's horrific death on white privilege. Let's be clear about the murderer: He's white, homeless,has a criminal record & has bipolar disorder&schizophrenia. Nia's death is a tragedy, but this isn't about race.https://t.co/Ged0ZLWjwm— ErinkStair (@DrErinStair) July 26, 2018
Anne Hathaway is a dumb ass. Evil lurks in the hearts of many of all colors. Quit heaping all people on this pile of any color. White privilege is a construed narrative of the left .— Thomas R.Juchniewicz (@TOMRJZSR) July 26, 2018
Don't blame all for the sins of a few.