Music icon will not play in any state with “Stand Your Ground” laws.
Stevie Wonder has always been one to promote music with a social consciousness. This week he continued to set an example that many of today’s artists should follow if they seek longevity in their careers by being larger than just beats and rhymes. At a concert in Quebec City, Wonder said..
The truth is that—for those of you who’ve lost in the battle for justice, wherever that fits in any part of the world—we can’t bring them back. What we can do is we can let our voices be heard. And we can vote in our various countries throughout the world for change and equality for everybody. That’s what I know we can do.
“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.”
Watch the video to see Wonder make his announcement.
UPDATE: Singer Dionne Warwick has made the following statement on July 18:
“My very dear friend Stevie Wonder has decided to keep his incredible talent from those states that carry the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law here in the United States (30) of them and I am going to join him.”