While addressing the “Conference on Peace” crowd in Minneapolis on Saturday (June 17), legendary music talent Stevie Wonder shared some apparently newfound thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement.
Wonder began his sentiment by highlighting the shooting death of Philando Castile during the conference, which Fox 9 reports focused on the topic of youth gun violence. After the acquittal of Castile’s killer, Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who fatally shot him while his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter were in the car, backlash from Black Lives Matter supporters and several communities soon followed. Wonder, however, feels that the movement should be focusing on other things.
“It is in your hands to stop all of the killing and the shooting wherever it might be,” he said. “Because you cannot say, ‘Black lives matter,’ and then kill yourselves. Because you know we’ve mattered long before it was said, but the way we show that we matter, and the way that we show all the various people of color matter is by loving each other and doing something about it. Not just talking about it.”
The comments come shortly after his previous “I don’t give a f**k” response to those who disagreed with his support of BLM. Addressing attendees of London's British Summer Time Festival, the 67-year-old musician defended the movement by stating that “Black people are the original people of the world” and any hate toward the culture is in direct opposition to God as well.
Do you agree with his latest thoughts in the video below?
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