by Stella Foster
REALLY STEVIE WONDER …..REALLY? Stevie just announced at a concert in Canada mostly attended by white folks, that in response to the controversial not guilty verdict in Florida in the shooting death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, who always said it was in self defense, Stevie will BOYCOTT FLORIDA and any state that the ”Stand your Ground” law exists. In case you haven’t heard, that law gives a Florida citizen the right to “act forcibly in self defense against a threat, which forces the police to have clear evidence of wrongdoing.”
SO STEVIE WONDER, AN AWARD WINNING MUSIC LEGEND is so disgusted and outraged that he will not perform in those states, but not boycotting the cities where hundreds of black folks are being senselessly killed by other blacks! I had to just laugh! The precious life of Trayvon Martin gets shot dead by someone other than another black AND black leaders and powerfully rich black movie stars and ATHLETES, such as the Miami Heat, get all outraged and up in arms over this single senseless shooting…but are quiet as hell AND damn near mute when it comes to crying out about the ongoing carnage of blacks killing blacks all across the inner cities of America! This is so backwards and I know other communities are laughing at our unbelievable misplacement of outrage! One kid versus hundreds of thousands of dead blacks at the hands of another black sometimes just over a lousy chicken wing or just because one kid is trying to be somebody and the haters show their hate through violence!
In a recent killing in Chicago, an innocent 19-year-old pharmacy tech student, Ashley Hardmon, was shot in the back of her head while talking with friends on a west side corner. The Sun- Times newspaper carried the cover story along with a surreal picture of Ashley laid out in a vertical standing coffin because her distraught mom, Tiffany Hardmon, said, “My baby ain’t gonna be looked down on.” It was a shocking and sad photo that you would not have expected to see in a major daily newspaper while drinking your coffee. Will other celebs boycott Chicago until her killer is caught?
WHY ARE OUR BLACK, RICH AND POWERFUL (AND YOU KNOW WHO U ARE) SO QUIET all the time?! They get on stage and on the red carpets in New York, California, Atlanta, Miami, etc. and sport their swanky outfits by white designers for the most part and thank GOD and their fans for their support, which nine times out of ten, the fans have been black, but never off stage tell or ask our folks to stop the high body count in the inner cities all across America! Don’t they realize that their fans, the folks who support their make believe careers , are under attack? Especially in Chicago where the body count is so outrageously high, that it hurts to think about it! Our cemeteries are crowded with young folks taking a six foot dirt nap!
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