During a concert in Quebec, Stevie Wonder announced, “Until the “Stand Your Ground” law is abolished in Florida I will never perform there again”. He also added that he would not perform anywhere where this law exists.
“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,” Wonder 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.”
Stevie Wonder is apart of an era of musicians that would not stand for inequality or unjust laws. Wonder has boycotted performances before. In the 80’s, along with many other artists, he protest against South Africa’s apartheid polices, which allowed a minority white population control of the majority black population.
According to CNN, Florida is one of 22 states that have a version of the law, which permits the use of deadly force anywhere as long as a person is not engaged in an unlawful activity, is being attacked in a place he has a right to be and reasonably believes that his life and safety are in danger as a result of an overt act or perceived threat committed by someone else.
Will other artist join in? So far on twitter Mary Mary has joined in with Stevie wonder.
Here is what they said:
In the opinion of ADAM ALECTRON, I believe that every artist against this law should follow the legendary Stevie Wonder. This would show the state of Florida and the other states that this law isn’t acceptable. Stay tuned for who will join in.