During his recent concert in Quebec City, musician Steve Wonder reacted to the Zimmerman trial verdict of "not guilty" by saying that he refuses to ever perform in Florida or any state that enacts a "Stand Your Ground" law.
While the defense did not invoke "Stand Your Ground" in Zimmerman's trial, the controversial law came under fire following the unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's death. Police didn't arrest Zimmerman, who shot and killed Martin, for nearly two months, citing the self defense law.
"I decided today that until the 'Stand Your Ground' law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again. 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. 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."
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.