Following racial segregation in South Africa, the majority non-white citizens came up with ways of claiming reforms with the aim of liberation. The song ‘It’s wrong’ by Stevie Wonder was a way of expressing how felonious the apartheid regime was and condemning the discrimination of the black race in South Africa as stated by Bartleby, 2015. The song juxtaposes the white rule with the predicament of black Americans during slavery and colonialism and the murder of the Jewish people in concentration camps during the second world war famously known as the holocaust.
Stevie Wonder wrote the song ‘It’s Wrong’ in the year 1985 during the anti-apartheid struggle. The focus was to propel the struggle towards the betterment of black lives in aspects such as social integration, economical depression, and political rights. Stevie Wonder strongly denounced the discrimination of the non-whites. In the song, Wonder cautions the minority whites against the impacts of the indictable rules imposed on the black people; ‘the wretchedness of Satan’s wrath will come to seize you at last ‘cause even he frowns upon the deeds you are doing’. The song substantially criticizes the apartheid rule.
In his song, Stevie Wonder mostly attempts to seek equity and equality among all the races in South Africa. Wonder warns the white colonialists about the negative consequences of the harsh rule that discriminates against the non-whites making life unbearable for them; ‘the pain you cause in God’s name, points only to yourself to blame for the negative karma you will be receiving’. Stevie also pointed out that the citizens of the country being discriminated against would fight against the cruelty they faced.
The song It’s Wrong was used to protest against racism and demand equal rights for the blacks in south Africa. Africans wish to be integrated in all aspects of life was communally expressed through the song which fueled the liberation movements in the country.