During the Seattle stop of his Songs in the Key of Life tour, Stevie Wonder shared with the crowd his frustration about the recent non-indictments of police officers for killing Black men.
Before the opening of “Living for the City,” Stevie addressed the crowd:
“Can you believe that within one month, two grand juries, secret grand juries, declined to indict two policemen for the killing of two Black men? I just don’t understand that. I don’t understand why there could not have been a public trial where we would be able to hear all sides to the story. I just don’t understand. I’ll tell you what I do understand: I heard Eric Garner with my own ears, ‘I can’t breathe.’”
This isn’t Wonder first time making a bold political statement; In addition to his decades of activism, he was one of several performers who boycotted the state of Florida following the George Zimmerman verdict.
Ladies and gentleman, this is why Stevie Wonder is a well-respected legend. He doesn’t mind putting himself on the front lines to be vocal about issues in the Black community. How many of your favorite rappers and singers have been vocal about Ferguson and/or Eric Garner? A few. But not nearly enough. Thank you Stevie!