3:33 PM PDT 06/23/2020
The singer-songwriter posted a video message on Twitter on Tuesday, encouraging the community to change the future through action plans.
In a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday, Stevie Wonder called for action, urging the community to vote to stop systemic racism, police brutality, and economic oppression.
At the top of the video, the singer and songwriter referenced Juneteenth, which recognizes the end of slavery. “Hi, it’s me,” he said. “This past Friday many of us celebrated June 15, I did. And yet, many of us did not and have not. In fact, there are three states that have yet to recognize it: North Dakota, Dakota del South and Hawaii. “
Then he asked, “How did it feel to celebrate the freedom we’re still fighting for? It felt and felt too familiar. I know that dance, I’ve heard those songs. It was an 18-year-old fight to get Dr. Martin’s birthday.” Luther King is a national holiday. However, it was a fight that I was not willing to lose. It was a fight that many of you joined, and I thank you. But here we are again and again and again. Someone who does Believe, I know the leaves are green, they only turn brown when autumn comes. “
The singer added: “What I would like to know is when the day will come when we let go of hatred or I have to admit that for human beings it is simply impossible.” He then referred to specific problems in the United States, encouraging others to create action plans.
“If life can have an end, all things can have an end. Systemic racism can have an end. Police brutality can have an end. Economic oppression for American blacks may have an end. An inaction movement is a stopped movement. For those who say they care, move more than your mouth. Move your feet to the polls and use your hands to vote. “
“The future is in your hands,” Wonder continued. “We have the power to vote and we can make a change. The youngest at 18 and the oldest at 110 can make a difference. Make your plan now to vote, because right now, there are forces trying to take away your vote.”
Towards the end of his video message, Wonder referenced the Black Lives Matter movement and asked viewers to consider what changes will take place for this date next year. “I’m talking about you, I’m talking about me, I’m talking about each body. Let’s do something. Let’s make a difference.”
Watch the full video below.
The universe is watching us.
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– Stevie Wonder (@StevieWonder) June 23, 2020