Stevie Wonder denounced the contradictory message of Black Lives Matter and condemned youth gun violence at a recent peace conference.
The music legend spoke about the issues at the North Minneapolis Conference on Peace last week, Billboard reported.
— billboard (@billboard) June 21, 2017
“It is in your hands to stop all of the killing and all the shooting wherever it might be,” Wonder told those gathered at the summit.
(Note: Video from KMSP-TV has audio issue beginning at :55 mark)
“Because you cannot say, ‘Black lives matter,’ and then kill yourselves,” he continued. “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 music icon and recipient of 29 Grammy Awards denounced the black-on-black crime that robs so many lives and urged the black community to love and value each other’s lives.
“The first thing you must do is stop believing the fallacy of you not being important,” he said. “Because it is completely unacceptable for one to hate themselves so much that anyone that looks like you, you want to kill.”
Wonder ended the event with a performance of his hits “Love’s in Need of Love Today” and “Higher Ground.”
Black Lives Matter leader DeRay Mckesson pushed back on Wonder’s statement in a tweet on Wednesday.
The BLM activist said he met Wonder and asked him about the remarks he had made.
I met Stevie Wonder tonight & asked him about his recent comment re: the movement. He noted that he was taken out of context & does support. pic.twitter.com/WGH0QRrVpO
— deray mckesson (@deray) June 22, 2017
According to Mckesson, Wonder said his statement was “taken out of context” and he “does support” Black Lives Matter.
Does he have choice?
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