In a pair of recent performances, superstar singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder utilized his high-profile platform to bring attention to the racial injustices that are so obvious in this country that even he can see them.
On Oct. 22, which also happens to be the National Day Against Police Brutality, at the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, the 67-year-old performer dropped to both knees, whipped out his harmonica, sang and played the national anthem, then addressed the audience. “We are in a race, all of us here—a race against time,” Wonder warned, “in a celebration of life, love and the spirit of music.”
He added, “I’ve never seen the color of my skin, nor the color of your skin. Not to get political, because I don’t like to do that. It is time for the leader of this nation, the leaders in the varied political positions that they hold, the people, we as artists—all of us come together as a united people of these United States of America.”
He again challenged Donald Trump.
“In the home of the United States, or the united people of America, not some but all. Feel me, feel me, Mr. President.”
Back on Sept. 23, at the 2017 Global Citizens Festival in NYC’s Central Park, he lowered onto his left knee and announced that he was “praying for America.”
He then pleaded for people to “stand down bigotry” and “condemn sexism” before clutching his son, Kwame Morris.
“Tonight, I’m taking a knee for America,” Wonder told the crowd. “But not just one knee! I’m taking both knees. Both knees in prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world and our globe. Amen.”
Wonder’s remarks came one day after Trump said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired!’”
Wonder also brought up a rarely mentioned peril the U.S. faces, remarking, “Anyone who believes that there’s no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent. Lord save us all.”