Stevie Wonder is not here for your “All Lives Matter” mumbo jumbo. Last week, the soul legend was performing at the British Summer Time Festival in London when he took a moment to address the shooting deaths that have occurred in America.
He told the 65,000 people in attendance, who were mostly white, to embrace each other in solidarity and peace.
“I encourage you to choose love over hate. It’s just that simple,” told the crowd, which got a smattering of cheers. “Choose love over hate, right over wrong, kind over meanness. Hope over no hope at all.”
“Which brings me to another point. Yes, all life does matter, but the reason that I say that black lives matter is because we are the original people of this world,” he added. “So in essence, everybody here has some black in you. You’ve all got some soul in you so stop denying your culture.”
“And for those of you who don’t agree with me, I love you but I don’t give f—,” he finished.
Wonder’s concert was part of his tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of his classic 1976 album, Songs In The Key Of Life.
The 66-year-old musician said the album’s overall message is sorely needed in “this horrible time we’re living in.”
“The songs and the words that we talk about, those conditions still exist in the world and that hurts my heart,” he said.