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Stevie Wonder refuses to sing in Florida after Zimmerman verdict

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Stevie Wonder and Whoopi Goldberg at the 2013 Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” Gala celebrating the joint 80th birthdays of Sir Michael Caine and Quincy Jones at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

NEW YORK — Stevie Wonder says he won't perform in Florida and other states with a "stand your ground" law.

In a video posted on YouTube, the 63-year-old singer said at a concert in Quebec City, Canada, on Sunday "that until the 'stand your ground' law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again."

Wonder added: "Wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world."

The "stand your ground" law allows people to use deadly force if they believe their life is in danger.

George Zimmerman shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin during a February 2012 confrontation in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman said he fired his gun in self-defense.

A six-member jury acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges on Saturday.

Wonder's representative said the singer had no further comment.

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  1. Good riddance to people who support criminals!

  2. It's his right to say this, but it's a pretty hollow protest. (and oddly misinformed since Florida's Stand Your Ground law played no part whatsoever in the trial)

    He had no appearances scheduled in Florida and cancelled no appearance dates as a result of this new position.

    So his announcement has about the same value as me announcing that I am boycotting travel to and investment in Egypt in protest of what's going on over there. I'm simply announcing that I'm not going to do something that I already wasn't going to do anyhow.

    Enjoy your protest Stevie.

  3. What joke. An entertainer with no clue. And I won't support him ever again.

  4. Why is he so upset ? he didnt see what happened ,and I doubt he watched the trial.

  5. America in 2013 and race is still an issue, well get over it, individual racism will never be eradicated. Institutional racism can be somewhat controlled and whenever discovered within government influenced organizations they are made to pay and change.

    Part of being an American is to be able to make choices without having to explain ones preferences. Selectiveness in the home is part of one's pursuit of happiness, but when rounded-up into a mob it is no longer tolerable, as with DOJ organizing protests.

    For example singer, song-writer Stevey Wonder, has made it public to boycott any location with stand-your-ground laws in effect. This is well within his right, as would be anyone who finds his repugnance of the law reason to boycott his concerts, dvd', or music. Folks choose daily to boycott or, in other words, not buy goods or services from commerce that is not in tune with our needs.

    IMHO, there seems to be a double standard raising its ugly head within the Black Community, that is counterproductive and rubbing race relations raw in America. This monster is born of failed parenting and misconception of entitlement to actions without consequences.

    It is very unfortunate that because of this attitude the learning curve once in the adult world leaves little room for correction, with somber results if not grave.