Stevie Wonder told a Quebec City crowd on Sunday that he won’t perform in Florida, or any other state that has the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law on the books.
Stateline, a project of the Pew Charitable trusts, reports that at least 22 states have similar “Stand Your Ground” laws. Some states require that someone invoking the “stand your ground” defense first attempt to escape before using deadly force. Other states prevent the “Stand Your Ground” defense from being used only in situations that arise in one’s home or office. Florida’s law, of course, has neither of these requirements.
Stevie Wonder told the crowd,
“I decided today that until the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again. (APPLAUSE) 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. 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.”
Watch Stevie Wonder react to the Zimmerman acquittal from the concert stage in this video uploaded to YouTube: