Stevie Wonder urges people to keep the Black Lives Matter movement going in personal video
24 June 2020, 12:21
"Systemic racism can have an ending. Police brutality can have an ending. Economic repression of black and brown people can have an ending," he said.
Stevie Wonder has urged people to keep the Black Lives Matter movement going and to vote in the US 2020 presidential election.
"This past Friday, many of us celebrated Juneteenth. I did," Wonder said.
"And yet so many others didn’t – and haven’t. As a matter of fact, there are three states that still do not recognise it," he continued, going on to condemn North Dakota, South Dakota and Hawaii for not recognising the date.
Watch the full video above.
“How did it feel to celebrate freedom that we’re still fighting for? Hm, it felt and feels too familiar. I know that dance, I’ve heard those songs.”
The singer continued: "If life can have an ending, all things can have an ending.
“Systemic racism can have an ending. Police brutality can have an ending. Economic repression of black and brown people can have an ending.
“A movement without action is a movement standing still.”
Wonder went on to urge people to take action, and to “move more than your mouth”.
“Move your feet to the polls and use your hands to vote. The future is in your hands. We have the power to vote and we can make a change,” he said, referencing the presidential election taking place this November.
He then spoke about Donald Trump, saying: "I've heard the person in the highest place of this nation say there are fine people on both sides. That sounds noncommittal to me.
"'I have a great relationship with the Blacks.' Peaceful protesters called 'thugs', immigrants called 'rapists'.
"And from the very place that civilisation began, Africa, I’ve heard this commander-in-chief call it an s***hole. Wow. One day, you will surely be sorry."
The singer ended the video by asking: "What will we have done by this time next year?
"I'm talking about you, I'm talking about me, I'm talking about every single body.
"Let's do something. Let's make a difference."