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OAKLAND – John Lee Cowell apparently did not say anything before smashing two sisters with a knife on a BART platform on Sunday. old Nia Wilson, according to police. His only words to detectives at headquarters after his arrest on Monday were that he wanted a lawyer.
Although no hate motive has been associated with the stabbing as Cowell is facing murder charges, Wilson's uncle on Thursday said he does not need the Alameda County District Attorney's office to tell him what he already has White: Cowell is white and his nieces are black.
"The racist motivation here is not a question for me," said Ansar El Muhammad on Thursday. "The whole world knows this was racially motivated.
This world includes many in the black community who see their lives in peril in a society full of prejudice for celebrities like Anne Hathaway, who challenged white privileges Tweet about other social media posts that clearly state that Cowell targeted the sisters for their race.
"For a group of people who have such a story, they are the lens through which they make their mark Seeing the World "Phyllis Gerstenfeld, Chair of the California State University Criminal Division, Stanislaus." Many are of the opinion that this was a race motive. … Much of this is the story and the fact that relations with the police are not that great. We are also in a situation where feelings in this area are generally so strong. "
Historically, Oakland is a hotbed of social and political activism, a story also fraught with racist tensions as police and police shootings hit the Black Panther Party following the killing of Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man, by a white BART police officer nine years ago
Police shootings of unarmed African Americans have taken thousands into the streets, especially during the Black Lives Matter movement, a name coined by an Oakland activist.
More recently a different kind of racial tension has sprung up, and critics say it reaches from Oakland to the White House, and a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia killed a demonstrator that had caused outrage nationwide as President Donald Trump last year the rally did not condemn.
Oakland began In May, a white-haired police force on a family of African-Americans barbecuing in an area of Lake Merritt where coal burning was not allowed. Next month, a man named Joe the Jogger threw the belongings of a black homeless man into the lake. In San Francisco, a white woman called authorities to complain that an 8-year-old black girl was selling bottled water without permission
"It's getting worse and worse every day," said Kenzie Smith, who was grilling on the lake on this day in May. "Now we have a death in our community, which is unacceptable, and I think he did it out of hate."
On Monday, people gathered at the MacArthur BART station for a night watch to mourn Nia Wilson. Then about 1