Stevie Wonder addresses Breonna Taylor decision in emotional video
Stevie Wonder shared a heartfelt video after no direct charges were filed against the officers responsible for the death of Breonna Taylor.
Stevie Wonder released a video sharing his feelings on the need for drastic social and political change.
“Even in a pandemic, life has its own rhythm, measured more than in seconds, minutes and hours. Our time here will be measured by how we carefully consider or deliberate our reality. As time is evolving, it seems so much has changed. So much is moving to a different rhythm,” he said to set the tone.
Titled “The Universe Is Watching Us — Stevie Wonder in His Feelings, the video was released Wednesday, shortly after the no charges were filed against former Louisville Police Officer Brett Hankison related to the shooting death of Breonna Taylor. As theGrio reported, Hankison was indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment for firing into the apartment of Taylor’s neighbors.
“Can’t you feel we’re changing the way we see and hear, our life and reality?” he said before getting deeper into the subject matter. “Can you tell that life is out of tune? Do you feel our reality is offbeat, out of sync? Listening to spirits that conflict against the truth we know to be true.”
In the latest installment, the living legend shared thoughts on current events including the aforementioned cases of police brutality, the deaths of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Rep. John Lewis, the election, and President Donald Trump.
“Truth, mail-in voting is, and has always been, safe. The current president uses the system,” he continued. “Truth, Black and brown people want safety just like everybody else. Truth, you better believe people have come to our communities, co-opted our cause, incited violence. The community knows it, even if you don’t and won’t report it. Truth, No amount of money has ever brought a life back. Ask yourself: Why so long for Breonna Taylor?”
The musical artist continued to unpack alleged statements by Trump against fallen soldiers. According to theGrio, White House staffers claimed POTUS skipped out on a visit to a World War I memorial in France that houses American casualties saying “It’s filled with losers.” He has denied making the statement and puts the blame on media, theGrio reported.
“Why would we accept anyone calling a fallen soldier anything less than the ultimate hero?” Wonder asked.
“Why can’t we hear love, the greater truth, as opposed to being consumed and bombarded by conspiracies and lies? Where’s our love for each other? Where’s our love for our country? Where is the love that will make us do what is right? Conscious people, no matter your color, your political persuasion, or geography, you know the truth.”
The 70-year-old artist continued to support protests, saying any person who wants the demonstrations to stop should advocate for change.
“You say you’re sick and tired of us protesting. I say, not tired enough to make a change. You say, just you hold on. I say, no way because we can’t put it in the hands of fate. You say you believe that ‘all lives matter.’ I say I don’t believe the fu*k you do. You say all things in time. I say that’s why I’m not going to put it in the hands of fate. Ain’t nobody got time to wait.”
He closed the video with an age to Lewis and Ginsburg who both died this year, getting emotional when speaking her name, and encouraged his viewers to vote.
“Do as John Lewis said. Do ‘good trouble,’” he concluded. “For me,‘good trouble’ is bringing our nation, this nation, back together again. And the way do that is to vote justice in and injustice out. We just can’t put November in the hands of fate, but we can put it in our hands. The universe is still watching us. And now, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is watching us, too. So please, let’s do life. It is worth living and loving and being together.”
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