Stevie Wonder and many outraged citizens in the U.S. and abroad are petitioning tourists to boycott Florida.
Stevie Wonder stated he will not play in Florida again until the “stand your ground” law has been repealed, nor will he play in states where any version of this statute exists. Wonder encouraged people to speak out and to vote for change and equality.
“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,” Wonder 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.”
He also urged all of his fans to take part in the boycott of Florida.
Many U.S. citizens are also incensed by the Zimmerman verdict and are calling for a boycott to get the attention of legislators in Florida. In a state where it is legal to shoot and kill because you feel threatened or someone looks suspicious, the question arises of how safe it is for a family to vacation there?
Many feel that if Trayvon Martin’s death is not enough to persuade Florida officials to change the “stand your ground” law, maybe a boycott of their tourist industry will help bring attention to this dangerous statute which grants impunity for those using deadly force under it.
The petition reads, “We’re boycotting Florida tourism until the “stand your ground” law is overturned. Your state is not a safe place to vacation if your citizens are able to kill anyone they deem suspicious.”
The petition presently has over 6,700 signatures including some outside of the US. The goal right now is 7,500.
Petitioners left many comments.
“The idea that a human life can be taken so casually is scary, and that is what Florida represents.”
“Where else can you accost someone (ignoring police advice), kill them, and not be held accountable whatsoever. F-L-O-R-I-D-A!!”
“Cancelled vacation in Florida….you can keep your racism!”
“Injustice anywhere is STILL a threat to justice everywhere.”
The petition to boycott Florida has a large number of signatures and many more are signing.
By: Veverly Edwards