Monday, June 19, 2017

Steve Wonder Criticizes the Black Lives Matter Movement in Minneapolis


Last week Minneapolis police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted after killing Black driver and licensed gun owner Philando Castille, who was sitting in his car with his girlfriend and her 4 year-old daughter when he was shot while reaching for his I.D. [click here if you missed that].

Following the verdict Stevie Wonder raises eyebrows after telling Black youth in Minneapolis its up to them to end gun violence by showing other races we care about ourselves...

At a Peace rally in Minneapolis held over the weekend Stevie Wonder told the crowd,
“It is in your hands to stop all the killing and all the shooting wherever it might be. Because you cannot say Black Lives Matter and then kill yourselves.”
“Because you know, we’ve mattered long before it was said. But the way we show all the various of people color matter is by loving each other and doing something about it – not just talking about it.”

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

I mean.....what are you trying to say?
It's not like he's lying. We never take responsibility for what's happening in our own community.

Anonymous said...

Obviously Stevie. Now, how much did Fox pay you?

Anonymous said...

Oh I guess Stevie's a coon now. I ain't heard fucking thing from BLM really since Trump's been elected. What waiting for another black to get killed by cops to get back to the spotlight? No what we should be doing is getting into our communities, talking to our youth, get them off the bs and help give them tools to help with them surviving and thriving in this crazy world. When you only raise hell when a non-black kills a black, you're basically saying this black life lost only mattered to us because a white man did it. Now to you punk ass cops that have SWORN to uphold the law and are supposed to be protectors of the innocent, fuck you bastards. But dirty cops won't change until we get these police commissioners and sheriffs to get off their asses and stop protecting those fuckers...we got alot of shit to do but jumping on Stevie shouldnt be one of them....

Anonymous said...

9:19 you make a number of excellent points; Stevie is also correct in his statement and this is complicated. Bigger issue is why is he even talking about this?

Was he asked?

He's gotta be scared to death because his close friends (MJ, Prince, Whitney) have all died untimely deaths in the last few years and who KNOWS what he's been threatened with.

Kind of like the theory I heard that Cosby made all those "pull up your pants" statements for all those years because he was contractually obligated to do so. When he balked/Tried to stop you see what happened to him...

HHIC said...

That plays no role in the non conviction of Philando. Sorry. We can blame Black people all we want. Black people didn't murder Philando, Black people didn't refuse to convict his murderer. Does this make Stevie a Coon? No. Just detatched. Confused. 2 years ago he was screaming Black Lives Matter at a concert. He's stressed and searching for answers like many of us after these non convictions. Nothing we've done since Trayvon has brought justice. Nothing. This is the end result. It must be our fault. That's the end result of several long years of heartache/headache. Just like many abusive relationships. The victims blame themselves. Black people are in an abusive relationship with the American judicial system. White people dont blame other white people when their men get off scot free. When their men rape/molest and get probation. They blame a broken system🤷🏿‍♂️

Anonymous said...

Great point 9:31! This is a systemic issue and these cases of excessive force are just a Beta test for tactics that will be used on the larger population sooner than later.

You can't change a system or the people who perpetuate it by trying to "ask them" to do the right thing. They have to be COMPELLED to do it though making bad behavior financially devastating.

Johnnie Cochran was working on "death proof" judgments when he died i.e. Settlements that would paid from the officer's personal income and then their estate by their families for generations. That's the only way things will change. You have to hit people in their pockets.

Anonymous said...

I'm a die-hard Stevie Wonder fan from way, way, back, but he's wrong on this.

This ain't about us showing "all the various of people color matter." This is about police brutality on Black folk.

Get with the program, Stevie, or just sit down.

Anonymous said...

As someone above said, perhaps Stevie has been threatened and made to say this. He looked and sounded crazy as hell in the video of this. He didn't seem like himself.

Anonymous said...

What did he say that was wrong? Just because we kill each it doesnt give the police the right to kill us HOWEVER Its the truth & we don't want to face it. If we take care of own communities Others wont have to come in. As long as we behave like Children & kill each other then they will keep coming. Do they go in other races neighborhoods? No they don't kill & Rob each other like we do. And if they did is that an excuse? The number 1 cause of death among Black Men is murder by the hands of another Black man.

Anonymous said...

le sigh. Black folks have been fighting "black on black crime" (a dumb term as all crimes are intra-racial) for decades. Black folks can multitask, you know. Black folks killing each other, doesn't negate institutional killing of Black folks. I'm from seattle. A young Black mom was just shot, after calling the police for HELP. I'm supposed to ignore that cuz "black folks be killing dem selves" Sit down Stevie. As far as the BLM not being active lately, not true. You have to remember these groups are locally focused. So, groups are working on issues specific to their communities. Like how the the southern BLM group raised funds to release Black Moms from jail on mothers day to spend time with their children. the majority of Black women are in the system for non violent crimes. It was a chance to speak on the oppressive prison system and how it's targeting Black women to fill up the quotas. that's where Jay Z stole his idea to bail out black father's on father's day. you didn't think he had that original idea did ya?

Anonymous said...

He can't see the error in his ways.

Anonymous said...

Stevie is blind on so many levels.

Anonymous said...

When Black youth kill, somebody goes to jail.

Anonymous said...

When police kill, nobody goes to jail.

Anonymous said...

Agreed with 9:59. It's complicated for many reasons like how can single parents communicate with law enforcement and community leaders when they work 50 or more hours a week? Are there any communities left that care about their people (not talking about wealthy Black or White)?

Taking back communities and not letting kids be influenced by BS is the only way Blacks will be around (in strong numbers) centuries from now.

HHIC said...

@9:40 and that's what I believe what put an end to this. Those pensions! If civil judgements came from the police unions or their pensions, we'd see a swift decline in police brutality. Going back to the abusive relationships...If you beat your spouse and they keep coming back, you become fearless. The thought of your spouse leaving you for good is not in the back of your mind. It's similar here. There's no fear, no consequences, just target practice. Akai Gurley's murderer was actually convicted, but sentenced to probation. It's a joke. Hopefully someone gets it right. Their pension should be the first thing that pays these multi million dollar settlements. May not happen in my life time, but hopefully some law maker, a Maxine Waters or someone is able to bring that to fruition in the future✊🏿

Anonymous said...

Stevie is on some Cosby shit.

Ma'at Morris said...

I love Stevie Wonder he has done more than so many celibrities in this world he always speak up on the injustices of the world I think he means stop looking for justice in a system thats was never meant for us we havet to learn how to govern ourselves and we need to understand that they get away with killing us with no consequences because we are only considered 3/5ths of a human so we need to get the law changed ,so we will be legal citizens, thats what Johnny Cockran ana Malcom X was working on and thats why they were killed Lauryn Hill,Kanye West ,Tupac ,Michael Jackson ,Prince, Malcolm X all was trying to tell us in the music and actions ,and they either labeledy as being crazy or they end up dead, I believe the key is search from within, inner healing. the celibrities are in the know and thats why they dont speak up because u reject what they say

Anonymous said...

its like malcom x said, in any organization said to be for black people, the friends or funders of said organization have to be looked at. especially when those friends are white. who is the major financial backer of black lives matter, george soros. I believe he donated close to 30 million. what does he expect for his contribution? does he have a history of helping black organizations? 30 million can do much to help children in a real way in poor communities. there are organizations that have existed for decades in black communities who could use that financial support, and they are well known. no one came to their aid, they fund their efforts by themselves for decades.we tend to get behind groups who are popular temporarily, but when the objective of the white funders are met, the cameras disappear and the well meaning among those people become dejected. anyone remember the occupy movement from several years ago? we have to start asking questions.

Anonymous said...

Stevie is not an authority on social issues.

Michael, Prince, and Whitney also took drugs that they didn't necessarily have to take. Their deaths, which were primarily the results of drug overdose, should never be part of such argument. If they were shot or stabbed to death or killed by police, maybe. Sam Cooke's death might be applicable, here, or maybe not. His death wasn't self inflicted or drug induced. He tried to empower himself and others and the industry heads weren't having it.

Anonymous said...

@maat morris...
getting a law changed makes no sense following your logic because you say that this system is not meant for us.If that is the case, why ask the same govt to do something for us? do you know why the 3/5th law came about? in the end, the only way out is unity. others unify behind ideas that benefit them usually, we let people speak for us who are not trying to move us ahead collectively. just themselves and those around them.

Anonymous said...

no one here is an AUTHORITY on social issues, including you and all of us here. However why does your opinion deserve to be heard and not his?

Anonymous said...

lol @maat morris...
malcolm x was NOT working on getting the 3/5th law changed. He wanted to bring the plight of our people before the u.n. vastly different from getting a law from the slavery days changed..

Anonymous said...

10:49 you're missing the bigger picture. Entertainers are beholden to business entities that inform and dictate what they say, how they act, etc.

Those business entities are beholden to governmental entities and the private interests that control them. Celebrities do what they're told, as directed by the business entities as directed by the governmental entities as directed by the private interests. When celebrities are no longer taking those orders or want to be independent in some ways, they are no longer useful. It is indeed important to look at the deaths of the people mentioned.

You are not this naive. It seems you're part of a thread clean-up crew, aren't you? I know a few people hired to do such things and it pays well so I'm not mad at you; Times are hard.

Just know you've been outed.

Anonymous said...

@ 10:56 AM, Where did you or anyone else on this post read that his opinion does not deserve to be heard but others should? By the way, fuck him and his opinion. Go listen to some Farrakhan an Malcolm X, instead of Stevie.

Anonymous said...

To the people who said it, say it again!!! Hitting individual pensions AND huge judgments against the police unions to the point where they can't get insurance coverage and will have to pay judgments in cash will be lessons they won't forget.

Not checks or wire transfers...Cash in full on the day of the remittance after a judgment or payments in perpetuity by their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Structure the settlements like credit card debt. The family will have to pay EVEN AFTER the person dies and all outstanding debt will be reported to the credit bureaus.

It's the only thing that will end or at least slow down excessive force cases. Hit them in their wallets.

Anonymous said...

Deuteronomy 28 chapter...blessings and curses. Our forefathers chose the curses, and centuries of oppression commenced.

Anonymous said...

Stevie is NO Coon until black men stop killing one another - and show that they care and respect one another - nobody else is going to care. Respect starts in your neighborhood about killing one another and then it spreads for everyone else caring about you. However, while black men keep killing one another and don't care, then why should we care when the police or anyone else kill you? If you don't care about your fellow (black male) then why should any one else?????

A Princess said...

stevie please sit that a_s down. blacks killing blacks has nothing to do with police assassinations.. idiot.. you think if blacks stop killing the police will stop..they'll probably do it more. other races kill each other everyday.. bUt cops don't kill them and get away with murder. Don't you SEE that stevie??

Anonymous said...

Beloved and all, but ahh, this brother is compromised by the very industry he works for.
Sorry, not sorry Stevie. Still love ya though.
Side eye*

Ma'at Morris said...

Anonymous yall are the ones talking about unifying I am pointing out that as long as the laws stay the same its never gone be effective change so I offered a suggestion and I spoke on what I felt Johnny Cockron and Malcolm was working on before they deaths and on the other commenter who spoke on the celebrities have u ever thought about what got them on drugs could it be that something they agreed to be a part of killed them way before the were put in the ground u dont know know everybody private struggles glad to no ur life is so perfect u can't see anybody elses perspective and stop being the blog police that javet to correct everyone this is a open forum u state ur oppinion let me state mine Love and Light

Anonymous said...

In my lifetime I've come to have known atleast a hundred men of color who succumbed to an early demise by way of gun violence, stabbings, drug overdoses, obesity, cancer and hiv/AIDS.

Not one of them died at the hands of a police officer.

Also in my lifetime the police have protected me from a couple of unstable ex boyfriends who couldn't handle rejection and wouldn't leave the premises when asked to do so. NYPD!!!

Never Will said...

Stevie is right. I'm don't think he's taking away from cops killing us. But his point is valid. We have to make changes within our community and stop f** king waiting on white people to change. They are racist, always have been and always will be. We need to take care of our own just like other groups do.

Anonymous said...

Good you've had such a great experience with the police 3:06. Here's hoping you're never falsely accused of a crime, run across an officer falling behind on his ticket or arrest quota, or are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time as a person of color. No, seriously. I'm rooting for you. I'm rooting for us.

Anonymous said...

3:06 Shut your troll ass up

Anonymous said...

"I ain't heard fucking thing from BLM really since Trump's been elected." ~ 9:19 AM

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

That is because this movement was started by WHITE PEOPLE and not black people. Do a little research on this and you'll see exactly and understand clearly the Who, What, When, Where, How and Why's.

Anonymous said...

I wonder who invited Stevie and what for?

Anonymous said...

3:30 thank you for bringing that up. It's called "controlled opposition" and that's all BLM is. Last time I checked they were talking about Transgender rights and Gaza Strip defense. They're for everything and nothing by design.

Anonymous said...

A White Man shouldn't have to tell A Black Man not to kill another Black Man. We will never get respect on this because we ways begging Massa
sa for respect. Other races don't get treated like us because we still ll ja r Slave Mentality & no pride. Robbing stealing & other low level behavior. Other races don't treat their people like we treat each other. Respect starts at home & with us. You want While people to treat us good? Let's treat each other good first

Anonymous said...

Black Lives Matter is a slogan, not a movement.

What a way to speak to a community of people that are hurting and feel powerless. Chastising oppressed people is not the answer, Stevie.

Anonymous said...

@3:27 As a black woman starting police academy in the fall, I hope you never have to call any of us after you've been shot, stabbed and/or robbed by your fellow nigga.

IP addresses aren't private.

Anonymous said...

Once again, You niggas will not get out of this hell unless you repent and come back to The Most High and keep the Commandments. Point Blank! You are suffering from the Curses of Deuteronomy Chapter 28. Go look it up. Two category of curses was put on us.. That's diseases and slavery and to be slang by your enemies in these streets for generations. Even though Steve is sorta right but that will NOT, I repeat, NOT stop these nations from murdering you because it was already prophesied that you will be destroyed until you repent as a Nation. You are suppose to be repenting, keeping the laws and getting ready for the race war that is about to pop off in these end of days. All we do is bullshit and make memes and do bullshit while these nations training to murder yo ass some more.

Anonymous said...

8:53 are you threatening me? No, they're not private and you're a private citizen. Oh, and I can tell by the syntax that you're the troll who's be haunting these threads for months. "Fellow niggas?" Um, yeah. You write at a 6th grade level so you're super-easy to spot.

Good luck at the Academy. I hope your personal liability insurance is paid up because making terroristic threats against tax paying citizens could lead to a civil suit. Oh, and by the way, these issues are about class and informed by race. Your alleged power is vested in you by the state. You have no seat at the table you so ardently defend. (Oh, and it's clear you're not a woman by the way you truncate your gender statements.)

Anonymous said...

R in NYC says:

@9:29

I've noticed the troll haunting the threads as well. I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one who noticed. Always some off the wall comment or an attack on other posters. It's so damn obvious.

Anonymous said...

9:08 PM, If you are referring to some so-called holy bible, it is simply a book and didn't do a damn thing for the 9 people that were shot to death in church by Dylan Roof...all that useless and worthless praying didn't do a bit of good. Who are you referring to as "most high?" Are you trying to scare strangers on an Internet blog with some God the Boogie Man foolishness? That's some bullshit, too. Also, your imaginary place called Hell does not exist. Last and not least, go blow a head gasket somewhere else.

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