2013 BET Awards - Show

REALLY STEVIE WONDER …..REALLY?   Stevie just announced at a concert in Canada mostly attended by white folks, that in response to the controversial not guilty verdict in Florida in the shooting death of 17 year old  Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, who always said it was in self defense, Stevie will BOYCOTT FLORIDA and any state that the  “Stand your Ground” law exists.  In case you haven’t heard, that law gives a Florida citizen the right to “act forcibly in self defense against a threat, which forces the police to have clear evidence of wrongdoing.”

SO STEVIE WONDER, AN AWARD WINNING MUSIC LEGEND is so disgusted and outraged that he will not perform in those states, but not boycotting the cities where hundreds of black folks are being senselessly killed by other blacks!    I had to just laugh!  The precious life of Trayvon Martin gets shot dead by someone other than another black AND black leaders and powerfully rich black movie stars and ATHLETES, such as the Miami Heat, get all outraged and up in arms over this single senseless shooting…but are quiet as hell AND damn near mute when it comes to crying out about the ongoing carnage of blacks killing blacks all across the inner cities of America!  This is so backwards and I know other communities are laughing at our unbelievable misplacement of outrage!  One kid versus hundreds of thousands of dead blacks at the hands of another black sometimes just over a lousy chicken wing or just because one kid is trying to be somebody and the haters show their hate through violence!


In a recent killing in Chicago, an innocent 19-year-old  pharmacy tech student, Ashley Hardmon, was shot in the back of her head while talking with friends on a west side corner. The Sun- Times newspaper carried the cover story along with a surreal picture of Ashley laid out in a vertical standing coffin because her distraught mom, Tiffany Hardmon, said, “My baby ain’t gonna be looked down on.”   It was a shocking and sad photo that you would not have expected to see in  a major daily newspaper while drinking your coffee.  Will other celebs boycott Chicago until her killer is caught?

WHY ARE OUR BLACK, RICH AND POWERFUL (AND YOU KNOW WHO U ARE) SO QUIET all the time?! They get on stage and on the red carpets in New York, California, Atlanta, Miami, etc. and sport their swanky outfits by white designers for the most part and thank GOD and their fans for their support, which nine times out of ten, the fans have been black, but never off stage tell or ask our folks to stop the high body count in the inner cities all across America!  Don’t they realize that their fans, the folks who support their make believe careers , are under attack?  Especially in Chicago where the body count is so outrageously high, that it hurts to think about it!  Our cemeteries are crowded with young folks taking a six foot dirt nap!

OH YEAH, THEY JUMP ON THE MARTIN bandwagon without fear of their bank accounts or popularity  diminishing, but seldom, if ever  SPEAK OUT PUBLICLY ABOUT OUR OWN PERSONAL CARNAGE!   SUCH  COWARDS….and I guess they feel so safe running around with their Hollywood friends behind gated communities that the real world is just not something that is important, especially when they are out shopping making Gucci, Yves St Laurent , Dolce & Gabbana , Jimmy Choo, Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik even more rich!   Yeah, I said it…Stella in the city!


About stellafoster

Stella Foster is a retired columnist writer who has contributed to the Chicago Sun-Times for 43 years. Well known for the trailblazing path she has created for other columnist writers and her fearlessness, candor, and strong principles while covering the most entertaining stories relating (but not limited) to, celebrities, community events, and black-on-black crime.

Posted on July 20, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. It was great that Sybrina Fulton will use Trayvon’s name to expand his legacy, maybe with her own line of handgun-accessories like hollow-point-thug-bullets or perhaps some marijuana items like a Trayvon-brand-pot or maybe some bongs and roach clips or maybe some burglary tools like crow bars, lock-cutters, and glass cutters or maybe have a t-shirt with a gun-target on it with a picture of Trayvon inside the bullseye.

  2. Steven Waxman

    Stella, not only did you Say It, but you shouted it from the rooftops. I hope your message resonates to the icons inner-city look up to as role models. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every kid aimlessly walking the streets could *Be Like Mike*, but where is Mike and others in his position?
    After reading your comments I feel like I just took a cool, clean shower.

  3. Stella! You are so right. When I think about all of the senseless murders of children being kill and no such outrage come about I am speechless. If a Black person murders a 6 month old baby is that okay? I am totally sympathetic with the Martins and I am shocked at the Jury’s verdict regarding George Z. but where is the outrage about all of these other murders. These gangs must be dealt with also!

    • Maybe we should use this opportunity to get a National-Shoot-A-Hoodie-Day to be done once each year where if anyone is shot who is wearing a hoodie, the shooter will not be prosecuted. All done in memory of that high-on-dope-thug-Trayvon-Martin.

  4. I’ve been saying this since all this got started and agree with you 110%. I refuse to jump on this bandwagon as well. The issue of black on black violence MUST be addressed. It is not just about the loss of the life of one Black teen…it is about the value of a Black life PERIOD.

  5. You forgot Michael Kors.

  6. So refreshing that somebody is talking about this. Stella you hit it on point. Each year, roughly 7,000 blacks are murdered. Ninety-four percent of the time, the murderer is another black person.

    According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 1976 and 2011, there were 279,384 black murder victims. Using the 94% figure means that 262,621 were murdered by other blacks. Though blacks are 13% of the nation’s population, they account for more than 50% of homicide victims.

    Nationally, black homicide victimization rate is six times that of whites, and in some cities, it’s 22 times that of whites. Coupled with being most of the nation’s homicide victims, blacks are most of the victims of violent personal crimes, such as assault and robbery.

    The magnitude of this tragic mayhem can be viewed in another light. According to a Tuskegee Institute study, between the years 1882 and 1968, 3,446 blacks were lynched at the hands of whites. Black fatalities during the Korean War (3,075), Vietnam War (7,243) and all wars since 1980 (8,197) come to 18,515, a number that pales in comparison with black loss of life at home.

  7. How come Stella doesn’t get it? Murder is murder. But people are galvanizing about a justice system’s RESPONSE to the murder of an unarmed Black teen who committed no crime and was racially profiled. Once again Stella, it’s about the ABSENCE OF JUSTICE AFTER THE MURDER. Please go somewhere and get your groove back before speaking on this topic again!

  8. How come Stella doesn’t get it? Murder is murder. But people are galvanizing about a justice system’s RESPONSE to the murder of an unarmed Black teen who committed no crime and was racially profiled. Once again Stella, it’s about the ABSENCE OF JUSTICE AFTER THE MURDER!!! Please go somewhere and get your groove back before speaking on this topic again!

  9. AMEN STELLA!!! It has been like a shooting gallery here in Chicago with over 1,000 young people losing their lives in senseless killings in the past two years. I surely support all the efforts surrounding Trayvon Martin and his family, and pray that his death will not be in vain. But I continue to hurt for the families whose slain children are not getting national coverage, whose deaths are no less outrageous right here in Chi-Town and across the country. Your comments were right on target, and every high-powered entertainer, athlete, politician, preacher and businessman should be hearing your words loud and clear, and then stepping up to the plate to help in whatever way they can,

  10. ABetterIdeaDothCome

    Stella makes a good point, but that doesn’t negate the need to act in response to the George Zimmerman injustice. Taking a stand that makes the big statement does contribute to the national awareness so that attitudes, social policy and laws can change.
    I’m sure many of the stars do champion efforts to improve situations in Black communities; many of which go to the source/root cause of black on black crime. I also think these stars (esp. the younger ones) need some guidance on how and where they can make an impact commensurate with their stardom. City officials, socially aware & responsible companies as well as community organizers can broker their attention to these issues that steer young black men and women, boys n’ girls, away from crime and toward opportunity.
    Now I’m not taking crime for granted or as “a necessary evil”, but it’s worth noting that black on black crime is a function of one’s environment. Criminals commit crimes where they best know (1) their prey, (2) their environment and (3) their cover. Thus they’re most likely to be get away with it where they live — hence black on black crime. In white areas, white on white crime is most frequent. So to boycott cities where there’s black on back crime would mean boycotting cities with white on white crime, Asian on Asian crime etc. They couldn’t perform anywhere there’s crime (i.e. anywhere)

  11. Tiffany Hardmon

    Well said!

  12. Hello Stella, I saw this post through Rolland Martin’s website. To a degree I agree with you however, I also agree with Stevie and the other stars. If it takes this to get them to take a stand then that is a start. Also the starts may not be as vocal about this, but a lot of them (not all, but a lot) give both their time and resources back to the same communities that you are referencing.

  13. The boycott is something that is bringing a group of people together that has been divided for a long time. After this people might start working together in all the areas that your talking about. Unity has to start somewhere. Its positive in every way. We need to support the mission and add to it, not condemn someone for taking a stand.

  14. Thanks Stevie for standing up for something that was WRONG and after this lets talk about continuing the mission in all states that have a black on black problem. SUPPORT AND ADD!!!



  17. Stella,
    I hear what you are saying and definitely think black on black crime is an important issue, but you must realize there is media bias when it comes to making a case national. Interracial crimes always excite people and boost ratings. There are plenty of black leaders and celebrities involved with taking a stand on black on black crime, but the media doesn’t highlight that enough. I worked for a nonprofit in DC for two years that did as much as it could to give DC youth in low-income communities opportunities for mentoring, employment and education. But when Black people are doing something wrong the media covers it. So Black people in general are aware of black on black crime violence, but last time I checked there aren’t many black people getting off for their crimes.That’s what this is about. I think the message Stevie is sending is had this been a black man in Zimmerman’s situation the verdict might have come out differently. His stand is against the system that has historically been unfair to black criminals compared to other races. His stand is against this flawed law of stand your ground, which basically says if I, a black man, am approached, profiled and provoked to whip somebody’s behind like Zimmerman. He can kill me if he feels his life is in danger. Your comment “how about boycotting every city where blacks are killing each other?” is similiar to saying “well, many blacks sold each other into slavery.” Well, I say, blacks having sold each other into slavery and black on black crime does not give other races the right to enslave or committ crimes to blacks. There are many whites, hispanics and other races they have taken a stand against this verdict. What then do you say to them. Bottom line the loss of black lives, and lives period, should be an issue everyone cares about. So hopefully Trayvon Martin’s passing will get everyone involved.

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