stevie wonder

Stevie Wonder is no stranger to boycotts. In the early 1990′s Wonder encouraged a boycott of Arizona until the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was made official. Now, on the heels of the Zimmerman not guilty verdict, he is planning to boycott Florida and other states where the Stand Your Ground law exists. He doesn’t plan on ending his boycott until the law is abolished.

During a concert Sunday in Quebec City, Wonder had this to say about the verdict and Florida:

“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.

“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.”

What do you think of Stevie Wonder’s boycott decision?


  • Bells&Whistles

    Yes Stevie! I love how rappers claim to be so hard and ready to die for their n***** but it’s a piano playing blind man who is the first to show that he has some balls. I thank you, Stevie and I hope that more of the artists whose pockets are filled by young men of color will follow suit.

  • Child, Please

    And this is why I love Stevie Wonder! His heart is continually in the right place and manages to spread love in during a time when people’s hearts are in disarray.

  • cosmicsistren

    This makes me love Stevie Wonder even more.

  • geenababe

    This could work but it seems like people are not willing to boycott like they use to do in the past especially if it can cause an inconvenience

  • nkins

    they don’t make artists like Stevie anymore…

  • Nadell

    THANK YOU Stevie! Who else will join him??

  • seriously?

    I hear ya Stevie, although zimmerman used a basic self defense case and not the
    stand your ground law.
    It should be noted by the end of the year they should come out with a more detail oriented of the law since its vague as it is now and they have been having those who created the law and other politicians going to different counties across Florida holding meetings and having people express their opinions bout the law.

  • march pisces

    standing ovation for stevie!!!

    a point was made to me this morning. tom joyner should also boycott with his annual family reunion.

  • May

    Imagine if every single American black music artist did the same thing? We could shut it all down. Go Stevie. Beyonce are you next? Lil Wayne? Anyone?

  • DesertRose

    So true nkins. This is the conviction and intelligence that many of our entertainers and athletes lack. Money is their God. I find them greedy, selfish people who only think about what they are going to get out of a deal to make more money. No care of how they can use their platform to make differences when needed. They talk being tough but are fearful and weak in my opinion.

    Thank you Stevie!

  • Fifi-Gongon

    Yes, I’d like to know who will join him as a lot of artists will support the move backstage, but they will consider it too career-risky to go official.We have a generation of artists who simply ignore what it really means to be involved in a cause nowadays.

  • IslandgirlDesi

    Especially the American Black Film Festival. It is held in Florida (Miami Beach) every year (I believe). It brings in millions of dollars and US to that location. I think organizations like this and as Bells&Whistles states artists whose pockets are filled by young men of color will/should follow or suit.

  • Bia Roy

    I canceled my family’s vacation right before I purchased our airline tickets on Sunday. I have a son who’s almost 17, this could have been him, or any of my nephews. Florida will never get another dime from me until this law is taken off the books!!

  • Ann

    I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again — now this is amazing! Much respect to Mr. Stevie Wonder as always.

    And just think about this — if every artist take a stand, and then the college athletes, etc. Change will for sure occur and quickly.

  • niksmit

    The Zimmerman defense may not have invoked the Stand Your Ground law, but I believe that legal and law enforcement experts have said that its mere existence negatively affected the police investigation in this case.

  • TajMarie

    Yes, we need to give Florida the same treatment that South Africa got when they were administering the apartheid.

  • noirluv45

    Amen! Speaking of rappers, I thought about Pac and what he’d say about this travesty if he were around today.

  • noirluv45

    That’s right. Back in the day, people protested with their wallets and pocketbooks. That’s one of our biggest weapon right there.

  • noirluv45

    When the jury was given instructions, the instructions continued to have the SYG clause in there. Jane Velez-Michell read it. Many people did not pick that up.

  • noirluv45

    YES, May! I wonder how many of them have the guts to do it since they pander to certain people.

  • Whatever

    This is the ACTIVISM Harry Belafonte was talking about that Jay Z didn’t understand.

    Stevie’s more concerned with taking a stand than losing money from not performing. He’s not donating money, he’s simply refusing to perform in any state with a law that allows people to be murdered in cold blood for no reason. I support his decision and respect any artist that follows his lead. Fame and celebrity CAN be used to achieve change and justice. It’s a platform for using your voice to speak up for those without the chance to do so….as opposed to using your voice to brag about “Tom Fords”.

  • GlowBelle

    I always loved Stevie Wonder, but this makes me love him even more. This is the type of activism so many celebrities talk about but never put into action. Writing a check can only do so much, sometimes you have to sacrifice to take a stand. Considering Stevie Wonder’s legend status, I don’t know if his pocketbooks would hurt *that* much, but it’s still admirable and maybe it’ll get other celebrities involved to follow suit.

  • Ann

    Punch me in the face knock me to the ground beat my head into the concrete you betcha if I had a gun I would use it how long before you would? it is not illegal to follow someone if you are protecting your neighborhood.

  • K

    i dont feel like clicking through 5 pages of comments, im sure my comment has been said already, but how awesome would it be if the popular people of the moment did the same? florida AND TEXAS would lose major dollars in entertainment revenue. what if beyonce and drake (who seems to love houston strippers) , lil wayne, alicia keys and all of those people did the same for florida and what an impact that would make!!! i know it will never happen but man ..way to go Stevie…you know why i love this so much b/c this isnt that do as i say not as i do bs this LEADING BY EXAMPLE!!

  • JN

    But aren’t there Stand Your Ground laws in effect in other Southern States? What effect does avoiding one state have if multiple states have similar laws?

  • Hailey

    So Zimmerman owned the whole neighborhood, huh?

  • http://none redrooster

    I am so proud of Stevie. don’t care if has been said – he stood up and spoke up for thousands and is a true leader.
    I have loved his singing since I was a little girl.
    Boycott Florida, and all places that have Stand your ground – baloney Law that kills innocent people and children – and worse, let’s murders get away with it.
    laws like these have to go! they encourage fatalities, they do not protect people!

    Justice for Trayvon and his family!

    We will not be silenced. This will not go away or be swept under the rug, as many would hope.
    speak up for civil and human rights violations, anywhere.

    Boycott Israel!!

    Thank you Stevie for showing the way, again.

  • Kelley Johnson

    Stevie is and always will be the real deal. Not like black artists today. They’re only about making that money. Maybe they’ll retweet someone else’s rant on twitter or call for a moment of silence. But they won’t do anything that actually matters. And they certainly won’t do anything that’ll mess up their money. Those yachts and penthouses are just too much to risk for a dead black boy.

  • http://none redrooster

    didn’t Alicia Keys agree to perform recently in Israel, and Stevie, and others, tried to get her to rethink that?

  • Ann

    Good for you Stevie, Uh But stand your ground was not the defense or even used. George Zimmerman was found not guilty by self defense, so should we do away with that law too?

  • RaiseTheBar

    Mr. Stevie WONDER-ful ! ! !

    ♪ My Chéri Amour, LOVE-ly man that I adore,
    You’re amongst the men my hearrrrtt beats for
    I’m so glad you’re one of US
    La la la la la la, La la la la la la ♪

    ♫ Isn’t he LOVE-ly
    Isn’t he WONDER-ful
    Isn’t he precious
    GREATness of the many stories told
    I never thought through love WE’d be
    BLESSed with one as LOVE-ly as he
    But isn’t he LOVE-ly, born to LUV ♫

    ♫ Isn’t he LOVE-ly
    TRULY one of the Angel’s best
    Girls-n-Boys, I’m so happyWE have been heaven BLESSed
    I can’t believe what God has done
    That he’s given our lives this one
    But isn’t he LOVE-ly made to LUV ♫

    ♫ Isn’t he LOVE-ly
    Life and LUV are the same
    Life is Stevie
    The meaning of his name
    Lawd, it could not have been done
    Without you who created this one
    That’s so very LOVE-ly born to LUV ♫


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