Stevie Wonder, Worth $110 Million, Demands Reparations While Campaigning for Biden
Singer performed at Joe Biden campaign event in Detroit over weekend
Singer Stevie Wonder demanded reparations for black people while appearing at a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in Detroit over the weekend.
The musician, whose net worth is estimated at $110 million, called for payments to be issued to black people, arguing they are needed for “the work that we’ve all done for the last 400 years, unpaid!”
“Supposedly Juneteenth is a holiday, okay," Wonder said.
"I think we can do better than that and I know Joe Biden will do it.
"Give us reparations for the work that we’ve all done for the last 400 years, unpaid!"
Critics were quick to slam the Motown star for his comments.
“Millionaire celebrity wants working-class people to pay him,” said one Twitter user.
Another responded: “Stevie did not perform any unpaid work for 400 years.”
Others mocked the millionaire for being “super oppressed.”
Stevie Wonder was a guest performer at the drive-in Biden rally on Belle Isle, according to Breitbart.
The 70-year-old singer — who was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and grew up in Detroit — is the latest celebrity to help the Harris-Biden ticket’s effort to flip Michigan blue.
At one point during the rally, the singer voiced his demand for reparations. “I know Joe Biden will do it. Give us reparations!"
Joe Biden has been non-committal when it comes to slavery reparations. Earlier this year, he voiced support for a study on the feasibility of direct cash payments to black Americans.
Wonder also demanded that Michiganders “vote justice in and injustice out.”
The Biden campaign has drawn on celebrity Michigan natives including Lizzo and Jeff Daniels to help get out the vote.
President Donald Trump narrowly won Michigan over Hillary Clinton in 2016 by a margin of just over 10,000 votes.
The comments come as Obama joins Biden to campaign in battleground states in the final days before the election.
At another rally in Flint earlier in the day, Obama slammed President Donald Trump for his “obsession” with crowd sizes – before Trump then mocked Obama and Biden for how they handled the ongoing Flint water crisis.
"Biden & Obama owe a massive apology to the People of Flint," Trump raged on Twitter.
"The water was poisoned on their watch.
"Not only did they fail them, Biden proudly accepted the endorsement of disastrous Gov Rick Snyder!"