Stevie Wonder has claimed that he will never play Florida again until the so-called 'Stand Your Ground' law is abolished.
It's a case which has reached a global audience. The death of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin in a 'stand your ground' incident in Florida led to questions of racial profiling, as well as the issue of gun laws in the United States.
Defendant George Zimmerman was acquitted earlier this week, leading to protests across Florida and beyond. Performing a concert in Quebec last night (July 15th) Stevie Wonder vowed never to play Florida again until the 'Stand Your Ground' law is abolished.
"I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again," Stevie Wonder told the crowd. "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." (via Billboard)
"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," he said. "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."
Watch Stevie Wonder's announcement below.
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