“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.