Stevie Wonder Says He’s Moving To Ghana To Protect Descendants From Racial Injustice

Stevie Wonder says he is moving to Ghana to protect his grandchildren from what he perceives as the racial injustices of America.

The legendary singer/singwriter made the announcement in a visit with Oprah Winfrey.

“I wanna see this nation smile again, and I want to see it before I leave to travel to move to Ghana,” Wonder, 67, told Winfrey. “Because I’m going to do that.”

Ghana is located in the subregion of West Africa and has a population of around 30 million. According to the 2010 census, 71.2 percent of the population professes the Christian faith.

“I don’t want to see my children’s children’s children have to say, ‘Oh, please like me. Please respect me. Please know that I am important. Please value me,'” Wonder said. “What kind of [life would that be]?”

It will be interesting to see whether Wonder actually follows through with the move. According to the Orlando Sentinel, he has been talking about relocating to Ghana since 1994 — when he told a Washington gathering of the International Association of African American Music “there’s more of a sense of community there.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. So, a man who has achieved, all on his own with a disability, unparalleled success in the United States is worried about his grandchildren? Why doesn’t he encourage them to use his life as an example instead of running off to another country?

    • My thought too, it is truly amazing to literally have a country where so many minorities have reached the pinnacle of their professions and the pinnacle of financial success, not to mention to the highest position in our land, yet still have the cognitive dissonance to believe our country is plagued with systemic racism.

      Thankfully, there are many high profile minorities making this same case (one who used to work for Outkick). I have no doubt that Stevie faced racism in America throughout his career, but the greater point is, I would be willing to bet, decade after decade (sans the last 2 years), he’s seen it get better. I believe you are not intellectually honest if you don’t acknowledge the progress over the last 50 years.

      It’s kind of like the COVID fear mongerers, their desire for zero risk before things are back to normal is as misplaced as expecting any country to fully eradicate racism. Ironically, now, in America, it is mostly those who profess to have answers for racism (Critical race theory, etc) who are the most racist!

    • My sentiments exactly. Is this a joke? Did Dave Chapelle or Eddie Murphy dress up as Stevie Wonder and appear on Oprah? Let me get this straight, a blind black man makes millions upon millions of $$$$ in the racist, white supremacist land of America, for playing the piano and singing, yet he wants to tell us that America is the worst place ever where people can’t be themselves? WTF!

  2. So he’s been talking about it for almost 20 years? Get back to me when he actually does it…and he better stay there. Apparently racism is so bad here he decided to stay in this oppressive country so long.

    But I’m about to dub this phenomonon Big Racism…like Big Pharma, Big Oil, Big Corporation…it’s a business model to get fame/money/power.

  3. Stevie’s another dick who says stupid shit to try to remain relavent. Go, move jerkoff and like a couple of others, take the little sissy boy, Springsteen with you. Buy a boat and take all of Hollywood with you as well sans Eastwood, James Woods, and a few others.

  4. His grandkids should worry most about Biden’s immigration policy and plans to legalize more than 20 million Latinos. That will kill the Black population’s remaining influence in economic and social policy.

  5. If he want to move good for him. Nothing wrong with seeing new places (lol) and experiencing new cultures… but don’t sit here and tell us you’re doing it to protect your grandchildren. It’s laughable. Quality of life, life expectancy, social safety nets, etc. – for any race, gender, etc. has never been higher compared to any other era in time. Especially in the US.

  6. Made 14 trips to Ghana between 1999 and 2015. I love that place and the people, but you can smell it before you get off the plane at Kotoka in Accra. “Clean” clothes and suitcases stink up the house as soon as you get home. Better take a lot of essential oils to burn. Ghanian incense smells about as bad as the raw human sewage running down the streets. No one ever accused these artists of being intelligent, only talented.

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