Stevie Wonder took some time during a recent stop in Seattle for his exceptional Songs In The Key Of Life tour to comment on recent tragedies, the wake of which is being felt all over the country. The outspoken legend stretched out the vamp of “Living For The City” to deliver a statement that echoed the sorrow and confusion of a nation that’s mourning two of its fallen sons. In the video below, you’ll hear the strain in his voice and be thankful he didn’t have to actually watch poor Garner as he faded away in that heart-piercing clip. Watch and listen as Stevie Wonder continues to pour positivity into our lives even in the face of such senseless loss.
“Can you believe that in one month, two grand juries, secret grand juries, declined to indict two policemen for the killing of two black men? I just don’t understand that.”
“I don’t understand why our legal system would choose secrecy when there’s so much mistrust. I don’t understand why there could not have been a public trial where we could’ve been able to hear all sides. I just don’t understand. I’ll tell you what I do understand: I heard Eric Garner with my own ears, ‘I can’t breathe.’ And as much he’s apologized, I don’t understand why he did not stop. People say to me, look, ‘you know there’s all this black on black crime.’ My feeling is, guns are too accessible to everybody.
“I do understand that something is wrong, real wrong, and we as family, Americans, all of us of all colors, need to fix it with a quickness, real soon. I love you, I really love you, and know that. And this is why this song is unfortunately still relevant today.”
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