“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,” Wonder told the crowd while performing.
The video clip from the show, which is posted on YouTube, Wonder also asked for fans’ support: “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.”
This means Wonder will be boycotting Florida along with 22 states, according to CNN. The stand-your-ground law allows people to defend themselves with deadly force if they believe their life is in danger in their home, business, car or a place where they “have a legal right to be” and was a factor in the trial of George Zimmerman. On late Saturday night, Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
Zimmerman, 29, a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer, never denied killing the 17-year-old black honors student, but said he did so in self-defense. Prosecutors charged Zimmerman with the crime of second degree murder, saying he was a wannabe cop who racially profiled Martin, forming preconceived thoughts about his character that didn’t match reality. Martin was unarmed.
Reactions to Wonder’s decision have ranged from applauding his decision to boycotting his music in return. “Keep the HELL out of Texas,” wrote Ginna Thomas on Wonder’s Facebook page. “I have already burned your CDs albums and I will never spend my hard earned money to support your ass!! See ya boy!”
Critics of Wonder’s decision have also showered comment sections of websites saying “…THEY DID NOT USE THE STAND YOUR GROUND IN THE TRIAL.” While Zimmerman’s attorneys waived the “stand your ground” immunity trial for Zimmerman, it still played a role in coming to the verdict under Florida’s law of justifiable homicide.
Per the instructions to the jury:
The killing of a human being is justifiable and lawful if necessarily done while resisting an attempt to murder or commit a felony upon George Zimmerman, or to commit a felony in any dwelling house in which George Zimmerman was at the time of the attempted killing.