Downtrend - With words they definitely didn’t want to hear, the music legend scolded blacks for killing each other while pretending that they actually care about black lives. Making these words even more shocking, Wonder was speaking about the Hispanic police officer who was acquitted on manslaughter charges in the shooting death of armed black man Philando Castile. At the “Conference on Peace” in Minneapolis Fox 9 reports Wonder laid into black people for killing each other.
“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. Because you know, we’ve mattered long before it was said."The news reports that this speech took place at the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church and that there were over 100 people in attendance. When Wonder finished those words, there was a smattering of applause at best. I can only imagine that black people don’t like to be told they are responsible for their own actions or much of the misery in the black community.
The lack of a roaring response was probably due to the fact that what Wonder said was what people on the conservative side of things have observed about Black Lives Matter from day one: it’s hard to buy into the BLM message when around 10,000 black people are murdered each year by other black people. For some reason saying “Black Lives Matter” when they don’t even appear to matter to other blacks seems a little insincere. That this message goes out in response to police officers doing their job makes it come across as an even bigger pile of bullshit.