Stevie Wonder On Black Lives Matter movement.
Stevie Wonder has always been a celebrity that dealt with social issues goign back decades. He helped to make the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. be recognized as a holiday in the United States.
So everyone’s ears were ready to hear what the legend had to say on social media when he gave his thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement. The 70-year-old music icon started off the 5 minute candid video by acknowledging the recent Black historic holiday of Juneteenth. “How did it feel to celebrate freedom that we’re still fighting for?” he asked. “It felt, and feels, too familiar.”
He also illustrated the fight for getting Dr. King’s birthday as a holiday. “It was a fight I was not willing to lose,” he said. “It was a fight that many of you joined, and I thank you. But here we are again, and again, and again, and again.” Stevie then recites lyrics from his song, “Visions,” before asking, “When will the day come when we let hate go?”
“If life can have an ending, all things can have an ending,” he continues. “Systemic racism can have an ending. Police brutality can have an ending. Economic repression of Black and brown people can have an ending. A movement without action is a movement standing still. To those who say they care, move more than your mouth. Move your feet to the polls and use your hands to vote. The future is in your hands. We have the power to vote, and we can make a change.”
The singer called out the President of the United States, Donald Trump, for not taking a stance on the movement for change from the current systemic racism plaguing the country.
“I hear voices on the left, I hear voices on the right. I’ve been following everything that’s being said. But what I have not heard is a unanimous commitment to atone for the sins of this country. I’ve heard the person in the highest place of this nation say there are fine people on both sides. That sounds noncommittal to me. ‘I have a great relationship with the Blacks.’ Peaceful protesters called ‘thugs.’ Immigrants called ‘rapists.’ And from the very place that civilization began—Africa—I’ve heard this Commander in Chief call it an S-H-I-T-hole. Wow. One day, you will show that you’re sorry. Because action speaks louder than words.”
“Black lives do matter,” he stated. “And this is not another digital, viral trend, moment or hashtag. It has to be the beginning of an end of all this ‘bull-tish.’ It is our lives, literally. Yes, all lives do matter. But they only matter when Black lives matter, too. You know it’s a sad day when I can see better than your 2020 vision. The universe is watching us…. I’m talking about you, I’m talking about me, I’m talking about every single body.”
I agree. The first thing we should change is the only systemic discrimination based on skin color on the federal books. Affirmative action.
— Chris Jones (@Nglasob) June 24, 2020
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