Stevie Wonder Boycotts Florida And States With ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law

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By: Vibe / July 16, 2013

Following the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial and public outcry from the people of America, legendary musician Stevie Wonder is planning to sing his farewells to Florida. During a performance Sunday (July 14), Wonder announced that he would not perform in Florida and any other states that uphold the “Stand Your Ground” law.

“I decided today that until the “Stand Your Ground” law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” he said. “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.”

The “Stand Your Ground” law states that anyone may use force in self defense when there is reason to believe you are threatened and unable to retreat. Almost half of the U.S. have some sort of the law enacted, a lot of them southern states, including Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, and Texas.