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?


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  • 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!!

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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 ♫