In 2013, following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida, Mr. Wonder said that he would no longer appear in states with a Stand Your Ground self-defense law.
“Wherever I find that law exists I will not perform in that state or that part of the world,” Mr. Wonder said at the time, in reference to provisions that allow people to use deadly force in public with no requirement to retreat if they “reasonably believe” they are in grave danger.
However, Texas, Louisiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, where Mr. Wonder is scheduled to perform this year, all have laws comparable to the one in Florida. (Additionally, some of the states that were included in Mr. Wonder’s fall tour also have Stand Your Ground laws.)
“My commitment to the battle for equality and justice has and will not waver,” Mr. Wonder said in a statement on Thursday. “I am as resolved as ever to keep the issue front and center, but feel that by speaking directly to the citizens of the states in which the stand your ground laws exist, I can have a greater impact on the push for change.”
Translation: I need the cash.