Stevie Wonder Announces Boycott in Wake of Zimmerman Verdict LA Times
Music legend Stevie Wonder responded to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin with a statement against the "stand your ground" laws in that state and other states.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Wonder "told a Quebec City, Canada, crowd on Sunday that he would boycott Florida on future tours, along with any other state that has passed similar 'stand your ground' legislation."
Wonder reportedly told the crowd: "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."
The Times report notes: "Wonder is known for his music's deeply felt messages of love and community, so it's striking to hear him so angry. But his remarks to Sunday's crowd drew a connection between civil rights-era activism and the unfinished business of the movement today."
Wonder is quoted as saying: "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."
Reportedly, at least 20 other states, along with Florida, have "stand your ground"-type laws, the story notes.