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?