It may be hard to acknowledge, but according to a 2018 investigation by Professors Brian Levin, James J. Nolan and John David Reitzel, racially motivated violence is on the rise in America’s biggest cities. And the tragic case of Nia Wilson – who was killed in July 2018 – may have highlighted how the issue remains under-recognized. But when Wilson’s name became a trending topic, Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway argued that this wasn’t in itself enough. And the star’s impassioned statement would itself go on to gain a lot of attention.
Eighteen-year-old Nia Wilson had big aspirations. A budding rapper, the young woman had a talent and charm that apparently won others over instantly. “She wouldn’t go anywhere without looking presentable,” her big sister Malika told The New York Times in July 2018. “She was really passionate about the way she looked and carried herself.”
Then, after attending a party at their aunt’s apartment, Wilson and two of her sisters took a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train back toward their Oakland, California home. And Wilson – a recent high school graduate – had plenty to look forward to, including a job interview later in the week. Heartbreakingly, however, the teen wouldn’t live to see her ambitions realized.