In the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the ladies of Mary Mary have decided to stand by Stevie Wonder in his decision to boycott the state of Florida.
“We will stand with Stevie Wonder & boycott Florida until the Stand Your Ground Law is changed,” the gospel-singing duo wrote on their joint Twitter account. “We love our fans but we MUST do something. We understand that a No from us isn’t as big as a ‘No’ from Stevie Wonder, but if all our voices join together we can REALLY change things.”
Erica and Tina’s decision comes four days after Wr. Wonder made his announcement at a concert in Quebec City. They added, “Let’s let our voices be heard #JusticeForTrayvonAMartin.”
The idea of an organized Florida boycott has been discussed on social media ever since Saturday’s not-guilty verdict was released. There’s even an online petition called Boycott Florida Tourism on MoveOn.org.
In a petition that launched online this week, boycott organizer Chris Bergman wrote, “Florida is not a safe place to take your family for vacation as long as Florida law permits a citizen to shoot or kill you for merely looking suspicious, and to do it with impunity. Boycott Florida tourism until this dangerous law is overturned.”
Some members of the National Association of Black Journalists are also calling for the organization to cancel or relocate their annual convention scheduled to take place in Orlando this August.
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1. Angry White Grandpa
Angry White Grandpa, the Youtube sensation known for his erratic but passionate videos, recorded himself as the Zimmerman verdict was read by one of the jurors. When the words "Not Guilty" spilled from her lips, he reacted in rage and confusion just like the Black race. Though White, Angry White Grandpa shows that this case was about race, but more about humanity!
2. Miley Cyrus
White twerking queen Miley Cyrus took to Twitter to say what we were all thinking.
3. Ellen Pompeo
Star of "Grey's Anatomy," Ellen Pompeo, didn't hold her tongue and immediately blamed the jurors for making a poor decision in the case. We agree.
4. Bill Maher & Judy Blume
Writer Judy Blume pointed out the correlation between the film "Fruitvale Station" and the "not guilty" verdict for George Zimmerman. In both cases, young Black men were shot and killed for no reason. Their killers got away with murder!
5. Kim Kardashian & Ron Paulman
Even though Kim Kardashian's father Robert Kardashian was apart of the legal team that successfully got OJ off, she was aware of the injustice in the Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman case.
6. Michael Moore
"Fahrenheit 9/11" filmmaker, Michael Moore, had some interesting things to say about the George Zimmerman verdict.
7. Christopher Hayes
And at the end of this all, Zimmerman will get back the same gun he used to shoot Tryavon Martin, as so eloquently pointed out by MSNBC host Christopher Hayes.