Chaka Khan Joins Growing List Of Celebs Boycotting Florida
Since the announcement of the George Zimmerman acquittal, celebs have been reacting to the widely perceived injustice in various ways. While celebs like Solange, Jay-Z and Beyoncé participated in protests and rallies, others such as Stevie Wonder and Mary Mary, have vowed to boycott the state of Florida until “Stand Your Ground” laws are dismantled. The legendary Chaka Khan has also recently announced that she would be boycotting the state.
“Well the [Trayvon Martin] trial, number one was a travesty. Racism is still very much alive and well in this country. It has gone to more of a cerebral state. But it’s alive and well. The new slavery is keeping black men in jail,” the Queen of Funk-Soul told the Huffington Post.
The 60-year-old beauty went on to say that she would be boycotting the state.
“Well I am boycotting Florida. I had a booking there last week and I cancelled it. But if any tribute comes up I’ll do it. Absolutely.”
She also touched on the gun violence plaguing her hometown of Chicago.
“It’s insane. These kids are using gangs as a rite of passage. If we were still living in villages it would be very different. But it’s like a pseudo rite of passage, which is very sad. As a matter of fact I’m going to be over at Jesse Jackson’s place on Saturday morning. We’re having a rally addressing the violence in Chicago.”
“These kids have nothing else to do. I remember growing up there when we had after school community centers. I think that would be a big help. The sad thing is that this is America. In all of America these kids have nothing to do after school, if they go to school. And if they don’t, I can’t really blame them. The school system sucks. So there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. And I plan on being hands on with it,” she continued.
“Everyone should be of service in some way. There’s a reason for being here. We’re here fundamentally on this planet right now to be of assistance to one another. And it doesn’t matter whether you help a lot of people or one person. I’m lucky that I can affect many people at one time as opposed to someone who works in the bank.”
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