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Stevie Wonder Chides Black Lives Matter

'You cannot say Black Lives Matter and then kill yourselves,' iconic singer tells crowd at peace summit

Stevie Wonder is no fan of Black Lives Matter.

“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,” the 67-year-old singer told a gathered crowd at a North Minneapolis peace summit, which was focused on ending gun violence among youth.

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“Because, you know, we’ve mattered long before it was said, but the way we show that we matter, the way that we show all the various people of color matter, is by loving each other and doing something about it,” Wonder said. “Not just talking about it, not just waiting to see the media and press come when there’s a horrible thing.”

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Wonder had some sharp and direct words for the crowd about black-on-black violence.

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“The first thing you must do is stop believing the fallacy of you not being important,” he said. “Because it is completely unacceptable for one to hate themselves so much that anyone that looks like you, you want to kill.”

The singer closed his words in the most appropriate way he could — with music.

He played “Love’s in Need of Love Today” and “Higher Ground.”

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