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Stevie Wonder Declares He is Boycotting Florida and the 21 Other States with ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws After Zimmerman’s Acquittal

By Eowyn @DrEowyn


Daily Mail: Music legend Stevie Wonder has announced that he won’t perform again in Florida again until the state’s notorious ‘Stand Your  Ground’ law is repealed. His decision follows the outrage by other celebrities and performers at the acquittal of neighborhood vigilante George Zimmerman

The singing legend made his statement at a  show in Quebec City, Canada, over the weekend.

He 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.’

He continued: ‘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.’

Under the ‘Stand Your Ground Law’ a person is able to use deadly force if they fear their life is under threat. Florida officials have repeatedly said they  will not consider scrapping the controversial law.

Zimmerman,29, was cleared of the second  degree murder of Trayvon Martin after a trial that divided America. He has gone into hiding amid death  threats.

Outrage over the Zimmerman verdict has led to  an outpouring of anger on the streets of many US cities.

Black performers have used Twitter to express their anger that Zimmerman was not held accountable for the death of Trayvon  Martin in Sanford, Florida.

Stars such as Jay-Z, Beyonce, A Tribe Called  Quest and Q-Tip are among those who’ve dedicated live performances to the late  teenager.

Since George Zimmerman’s controversial  acquittal, civil rights groups and leaders have called for legal action against  the neighborhood watch volunteer.

On Sunday, in a move which could have  dramatic ramifications, the Justice Department confirmed today that it will look  into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin to determine whether federal  prosecutors should file criminal charges against George Zimmerman in the wake of  his acquittal.

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Poor Stevie Wonder, doesn’t he even realize the Stand Your Ground Law wasn’t even involved in this case?

How self-important does he think he his that state lawmakers will now change their laws just because of his personal opinion? What an ego…


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