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Stevie Wonder to boycott Florida following George Zimmerman verdict


Stevie Wonder has vowed never to perform in Florida again until a controversial self-defense law is abolished following the acquittal of the man who shot teenager Trayvon Martin.

Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter charges by a Florida jury on Saturday after claiming he shot the unarmed 17-year-old in self-defense in February of 2012. Although the state's "Stand Your Ground" law was not used in the case, it has come under scrutiny as it allows a person to defend themselves with force wherever "they have a legal right to be."

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Now Wonder has announced he will boycott Florida and the other 22 other U.S. states which carry similar laws until they are overturned. Speaking to fans at a show in Quebec City on Sunday, the singer said, "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.

"The truth is that ... for those of you who've lost [loved ones] in the battle for justice ... 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."

Zimmerman's acquittal has sparked mass protests across America, with a number of stars including Beyoncé, her sister Solange Knowles, Rihanna, Chris Brown and Miley Cyrus speaking out against the verdict. Veteran soul singer Lester Chambers was hospitalized on Saturday after he was attacked by a woman at the Hayward Russell City Blues festival in California for dedicating a song to Martin.

Jul 31, 2013 10:31AM
I guess Stevie is blind in more ways than one!
Jul 30, 2013 5:35AM
Why is it that so many shout and parade for "justice for Tryvon" and then when a very costly and lengthy trial takes place with a judge who seems so much in favor of the state..................then the loudmouths don't want justice anymore.  They want a finding of guilt..........period. Let's not talk about any use of pot or other crimes that Martin might have been involved in.   It is ashamed that his mom is now out calling George Z a murderer when, in fact, anyone who was being attacked like he was, would react in the same way to save his own life.  She should be preaching against the black on black crime that is bringing down an entire race of people.   As for George, he was in the process of being murdered,  of course he defended himself. 
Jul 28, 2013 11:11AM
You are forgetting one huge factor my dear.White men Bought slaves from Black African people, therefore there are two culprits, the white man for seeking slaves and the Black African people that sold out their own people.Do you know that Africans do not consider African Americans to be their own ? And as far as your denial of the white people fighting for the Blacks well, it is fools that talk like you that make us white people who are not racist say ,we would never fight another for you. And better check out what color the man was that bailed Martin Luther King out every time he was thrown in jail and stood fighting right with him even when it cost him his family and crosses burn't in his yard by the kkk.When you or white people talk such stupidity any deny truths you become the probem.I see the difference in Black people who don't see things one sided,they are educated ,successful people that don't father twenty children and take off.They are peaceful people not full of anger and destructive behavior.Lick your wounds all you want none of us care.If you can be balanced and work with truths and not the past wrongs that were done then you can be part of a solution n.By the way no one can go in and change the past but clear fair mindedness  righteous men and women of all races can make a difference.
Jul 21, 2013 7:52PM
Whoever wrote white people get more welfare than any race is so very blinded and grossly confused. Walk into any welfare office and see for yourself. As Bill Cosby being black himself reaches to his people giving a very wise direction, he is rejected by his own, they don't like the message get off of welfare,stay out of trouble,stay in school. And yes we did fight a war it was called The Civil war and it is just like minorities to discredit what people who believed what a group of evil people did needed to be stopped,and giving their lives was not counted as much.When ever people are not treated equally it is wrong and if you say all whites then I guess whites can say all blacks or all American Indian or all Mexicans are this or that. But that is simple minded thinking . I hate to burst your bubble but are you aware that women were also treated with prejudice, but they did not lick their wounds. And American Indians do infact get government assistance, as a matter of fact the ones who do prove my point when you compare to American Indians that never received help at all, they live in better homes ,are educated ,etc. They went forward , rose above what was done to them which is the greatest way to repay the evil fools who did them wrong. You sound very bitter and bitter people usually do not balance things. Being accurate is essential to correcting wrongs.
Jul 20, 2013 4:56AM
I just helped an African  woman load a container going to Africa and during a conversation I referred to her as African American and she corrected me and said I am African. I replied a little confused what would be the difference? She responded we are not the same I replied African Americans are originally from Africa and she said yes they are descendants' but we are not the same. As the conversation went on she came from a part of Africa that the King did not sell any of their people into slavery. I pointed out this King was a good leader and protector of their people and to bad the other Kings did not value their own the same.Her response was that Slavery was the White Man's error no blame to the African Kings that sold their own people away. It was the white man that came looking for slaves ,and I asked were they forced to sell them, could they have said no like your King did ? The response was this conversations  going nowhere and she walked away. Now does anyone see the same characteristics' of accountability in this Race? Here I am helping their Race and still White People are the problem. Anyone remember we fought the Civil war to help Black people , the man who aided Martin Luther repeatedly was White and it cost him his wife and kids because of the danger.Why is it no matter how much you help these people it is not enough. After reading so many ungrateful unbalanced comments, it really makes me wonder if we really should help them at all.They do not even stand with their own unless it is against white people. Disgusting and sad!!!
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