Following the verdict last Saturday in the George Zimmerman trial in Sanford, Florida, talented musician Stevie Wonder announced he would no longer play anywhere in the state until it abolished the gun law – Stand Your Ground.
The law permits the use of deadly force against anyone posing a risk of seriously injuring or killing someone.
Wonder made his announcement regarding his boycott of Florida during a Sunday concert in Quebec City. It came a day after Zimmerman’s acquittal.
A six-member all female jury acquitted Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin a Florida teen on February 26, 2012 in Sanford.
The jury’s verdict has sparked numerous protests across the country and outrage across most social media sites. Wonder encouraged his fans to support the boycott on Florida.
Wonder said while onstage in Quebec City that for all those who have lost in any battle for justice, wherever it may be, we cannot bring anyone back, but we can speak out and let our individual and collective voices be heard.
He insisted that it had to take place across the globe to make sure the world changes and there is equality for everyone.
Former President Jimmy Carter also spoke about the trial saying he felt the jury had made the right decision with regard to the evidence they had been presented with.