Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Stevie Wonder Boycotts Florida; Vows Never to Perform There Again Until “Stand Your Ground” Law is Abolished
During a recent performance, 63-year old musician Stevie Wonder said that will not perform in the state of Florida ever again until and unless the “Stand Your Ground” law is abolished. This is the same law that legal experts say protected George Zimmerman, the 29-year old man who admittedly shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
During the concert, Stevie said: "...And I know I’m not everybody, I’m just one person. I’m a human being. And for the gift that God has given me, and from whatever I mean, I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again. As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world."
He added: "Because what I do know is that people know that my heart is of love for everyone. When I say everyone I mean everyone. As I said earlier, you can’t just talk about it, you have to be about it. We can make change by coming together for the spirit of unity. Not in destruction, but in the perpetuation of life itself."
Stevie, who signed with Motown Records more than 50 years ago at the age of 11, is known for being socially-conscious. In the 1970's, some of his biggest songs were about injustice and poverty. He has recorded more than 30 U.S. top ten hits and received 22 Grammy Awards.
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