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“I do understand that something is wrong, real wrong, and we as family, Americans, all of us, of all colors, need to fix it with a quickness real soon”

Tuesday’s acquittal of the Staten Island officer accused of placing a fatal chokehold on Eric Garner who was accused of illegally selling loose cigarettes has sparked a nationwide protest and is also forcing celebrities to share their views on the ongoing issue.

Stevie Wonder was inspired to use his concert at Seattle’s Key Arena as a platform to vent about the racial injustice that has incited a radical movement across the country.

Right before performing one of his beloved hits “Living for the City”, Wonder engaged the audience about the events that have captured the headlines for the past few weeks, “Can you believe that within one month, two grand juries –secret grand juries—declined to indict two policemen for the killing of two black men? I just don’t understand that”.

Wonder goes on to discuss the issue of gun control, “Guns are too accessible to everybody”. “I do understand that something is wrong, real wrong. And we as family, Americans, all of us, of all colors, need to fix it with a quickness real soon”.

Afterwards, Wonder began performing “Living for the City” but not before noting the irony of the words and how its relevance still resonates today.

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  • Mary Burrell

    “PREACH” yes to everything Stevie Wonder is saying.

  • Mary Burrell

    Living For The City is so apropos for today’s times. Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder such iconic artist of a great music genre that we sadly don’t have any more.

    • paintgurl40

      It’s kind of chilling and/or sad that if you listen to Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Malcolm X or Gil Scott Heron it never seems outdated.

    • Mary Burrell

      @paintgurl40: You are so right about Gil Scott Heron being added to the list of prolific artist

  • [email protected]

    Stevie Wonder is a very conscious person. He is not only a musical genius, but he expresses great words on the political matters of the day too. Stevie Wonder is right that we have to fight against injustice.

  • paintgurl40

    The irony that Stevie Wonder can “see” what’s going on but others can’t….

    • [email protected]

      That’s a great point.

  • Eduardo

    Did Beyonce, her husband or Kanye said anything yet? My (admittedly quick) Google search only brings up people complaining about them not saying anything. Conspiracies abound stating that they don’t want to offend their White fans and sponsors, but I wonder if any of you could direct me to an article where they at least say something.