Stevie Wonder has urged the Biden Administration to appoint a truth commission to investigate racial inequality in the United States.
The icon made the call in a four-minute video he released on Monday in which he reads an emotional open letter addressed to Martin Luther King, Jr.
In the video, released on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Wonder recalls meeting the legendary black leader when he was 14 years old.
Calling him “a true hero” the septuagenarian singer said, “I’ve been blessed to write songs of hope, love, and motivation, many of them inspired by your life”.”
“For 36 years, we’ve had a national holiday honoring your birthday and principles, yet you would not believe the lack of progress,” he added.
With an apparent reference to former President Donald Trump, Wonder demanded that those who promote lies and false truth be held accountable.
He called on President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to “launch a formal government investigation to establish the truth of inequality in this country.”
“This truth will validate the history and this commission will recommend reconciliation. Without truth, we cannot have accountability. Without accountability, we cannot have forgiveness.
Without forgiveness, we cannot heal,” he added.
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