During a speech at the North Minneapolis Conference on Peace last weekend, Stevie Wonder spoke out against violence, more specifically, where it affects the black community.
“It is in your hands to stop all of the killing and the shooting wherever it might be,” the singer said. “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, 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, not just waiting to see the media and press come when there’s a horrible thing.”
The conference, which was attended by several hundred people, came less than a day after Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of any charges in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile.
“The first thing you must do is stop believing the fallacy of you not being important,” Wonder continued. “Because it is completely unacceptable for one to hate themselves so much that anyone that looks like you, you want to kill.”
The singer concluded the conference by performing “Love’s in Need of Love Today” and “Higher Ground.”
[ Billboard ]