In an episode of the wonderfully animated lost interview series “Blank on Blank“, the great Stevie Wonder shared his thoughts on childhood amongst adults, his relationship with God and his intolerance for ignorance during a 2005 interview with music writer Barney Hoskyns in an English pub.
think that I really didn’t understand the severity of the situation or the circumstances. I think I was so in love with my mother, and my brothers, my sister, my friends, and just in love with the discovery of life itself that my focus was not on those things. I think I discovered a whole thing of color when I went down south once when my grandmother passed away. There were some kids, white kids that lived nearby or whatever. The kids said, “Hey, n–r!” Whatever they said. …I think I may have heard it, but I said, “What, I’m from Detroit.” I started throwing rocks over. “Oh you better not do that, you’ll get into trouble.” I said, “I don’t care.” I hit the kid, I kept throwing stuff. I just… I have never accepted stupidity and ignorance as making me then determine how good I was or how less I was.