“You can’t just talk about it,” Stevie Wonder told concertgoers in Quebec City. “You gotta be about it.” And that’s exactly what Wonder is doing in the wake of the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.
During his Sunday night show, the singer announced his plans to boycott Florida until the state takes the controversial Stand Your Ground laws off the books.
“I decided today that until the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” the singer said in Quebec City. “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.”
Over sixteen states have some form of the Stand Your Ground law while several others have similar laws that are left up to judicial interpretation and latitude afforded to the person making the defense. Read more about Stand Your Ground laws here.