Stevie Wonder Says Current Era ‘Feels More Dangerous Than Ever Before’
Iconic singer Stevie Wonder is reflecting on the state of the nation after a year of civil unrest, police brutality, and most recently, the crucial presidential election.
He said during an interview with Oprah Winfrey for Apple TV+’s The Oprah Conversation:
“It feels more dangerous than ever before. The thing that has happened, unfortunately, is we have a nation that is not respected by other nations as it used to be. We allowed love to go out and negativity to come in. What’s that all about?”
He added that the only way it can be fixed is if America takes on a different stance.
“I think America needs five years of atonement. I challenge you to do that. To take the time out, look at the wrongs and the things that have happened, and say, We’re going to fix this.
He referenced late congressional representative John Lewis and said:
“Get into good trouble, and do the right thing.”
He made similar statements back in June when he spoke on the heightened Black Lives Matter movement.
“This is not another digital viral trend moment or hashtag. It is our lives, literally. Yes, all lives do matter. But they only matter when Black lives matter, too. You know, it’s a sad day when I can see better than your 2020 vision. The universe is watching us…I’m talking about you, I’m talking about me, I’m talking about every single body.”
Stevie Wonder has been open about his views when it comes to civil rights and politics. While campaigning with presidential hopeful, Joe Biden, he spoke on reparations and said:
“I hear that [Donald Trump] wants to give Black Americans or African-American people a holiday – they want to supposedly make Juneteenth the holiday. Okay I’ll tell you what, you can do better than that and I know Joe Biden will do it. Give us reparations for the work that we’ve all done for the last 400 years unpaid.”
“And we think about some 200,000 plus that have died from this virus in this country and you’re talking about trying to end affordable care for people which they’re in court right now trying to destroy. That’s unacceptable we can’t allow that to happen. We cannot allow that to happen.”