Houston Forward Times

24 July 2013 Written by  Chelsea Lenora White

Jay-Z, Kanye West and More Join Stevie Wonder’s Florida Boycott Over Stand Your Ground Laws

The list of celebrities who are reportedly following in Stevie Wonder’s footsteps to boycott Florida in protest of the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws is steadily growing and includes the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Madonna, Patti Labelle, Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Justin Timberlake, R.Kelly, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, Wale and Frankie Beverly.  

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Wonder announced his decision at a concert in Quebec City to boycott any state with “Stand Your Ground” laws after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the 2012 killing of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Wonder 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 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.”