Nia Wilson: #sayhername
Nia Wilson, an 18-year-old black woman, was standing on a Bay Area Rapid Transit station platform in Oakland, Calif., Sunday night when she was stabbed to death in an apparently unprovoked attack. The attacker has been arrested, and while his motive hasn’t been identified, his family has claimed he had untreated mental health concerns and has drawn attention to a lack of accessible mental health care in the United States. Wilson’s family has stated they believe it to be a hate crime. A vigil for the teenager turned into a protest that drew hundreds of people into the streets of Oakland. She has become the latest face of the #sayhername movement recognizing black women who are victims of racial violence by police and others.
God, for the violence that black women have long faced without attention or action, we lament. We pray for an end to crimes like this, along with the trauma they cause, and to the many acts of violence that go unreported in communities across the U.S. We pray for Nia Wilson’s grieving family. We pray for the man who committed this horrifying crime. We pray, God, for your peace; we pray that all who have privilege would use it to change any systems or practices that dehumanize people — that your image, beautiful and clear in all people — might be honored.