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Stevie Wonder Boycotts Florida After George Zimmerman Verdict

3:17 PM, Jul 16, 2013   |    comments
Stevie Wonder had the audience on its feet during his segment of the Wilson tribute. (Photo: Mark Davis, Getty Images for BET)
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(USA Today) -- Stevie Wonder says he won't perform again in Florida until the state abolishes its Stand Your Ground gun law, which permits using deadly force against those who pose a risk of killing or seriously injuring someone. He made the announcement during a concert Sunday in Quebec City, a day after the acquittal of George Zimmerman, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Zimmerman was acquitted in the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting death of teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. The outcome has sparked protests nationwide and an outpouring of outrage on social media. Wonder urged his fans to support his boycott.

"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," he said. "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."

Watch Wonder's entire statement:


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