Celebrities are coming together to boycott Florida following the George Zimmerman verdict. Zimmerman killed unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012, and a jury of six women found the 29-year-old Zimmerman not guilty earlier this month.
Zimmerman's acquittal sparked reactions from around the world. Stars such as Stevie Wonder immediately stated that they would not step foot in Florida until the state modifies or repeals its “Stand Your Ground” law, a self-defense law that allows individuals to use force to defend themselves from what they perceive to be a dangerous situation.
Last week, Wonder told a crowd during a performance in Quebec City that he will not perform in the Sunshine State until the law is eradicated. "I decided today that until the 'Stand Your Ground' law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again. As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world,” the music legend said.
According to reports, more artists are coming forward and refusing to perform in Florida, which could have an impact on the state's revenue. According to April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks, the following artists are involved in the protest:
-Mary J. Blige
-The Rolling Stones
While Beyonce has not joined the protest, she and husband Jay Z took to the streets of New York City this past weekend to protest the Zimmerman verdict. The night before Saturday’s rally, Beyonce asked fans to sign a petition and join the march, tweeting, "#actnow4Travyon."
Amethyst Tate graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology. During her time at IBT, her articles have been sourced by various...