Stevie Wonder Takes A Stand Against Florida Law After Trayvon Case

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Stevie Wonder, the Grammy-winning musician and singer, has spoken out as being strongly opposed to Florida's laws regarding self-defence, whereby people are allowed to use deadly force if they believe their life is in danger, sparked by the controversial verdict that followed the George Zimmerman trial. As reported by Sky News, the 63 year-old blind performer addressed his audience during a recent concert in Quebec, announcing "Until the stand your ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again. Wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world."

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Stevie's Taking A Stand Against 'Stand Your Ground' Law.

Wonder's response comes after the verdict that saw George Zimmerman acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin - a teenager who was shot and killed after a confrontation between the two men - in a high profile case that has sparked both interest and criticism from across the world.

Zimmerman may not have been acquitted by the jury had Florida not had its controversial 'stand your ground' laws that regard murder as a last-resort form of self-defence. US Attorney General Eric Holder has strongly criticised stand your ground laws, saying the country must take a hard look at laws that contribute to "more violence than they prevent" in his speech at a civil rights convention.

Watch Footage Of Stevie Wonder Announcing Plans To Boycott Florida:

Referring to the recent Zimmerman case, Attorney General Holder said: "Separate and apart from the case that has drawn the nation's attention, it's time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defence and sow dangerous conflict in our neighbourhoods."

Although Zimmerman has been acquitted at this point in time, it could be months before a decision is made whether he should face charges as The Justice Department goes through trial testimony, interviews and other evidence to conclude whether Mr Zimmerman violated Martin's civil rights when he shot the teenager.

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The Motown Artist Has Announced Plans To Boycott Florida.

The Motown legend's boycott of Florida, or anywhere else that has such a law, joins the many other voices who believe that the ethics of the law are wrong. Speaking at his Quebec concert, 'Superstition' singer Wonder added "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."


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