John Mellencamp takes a knee for Black Lives Matter BY SAEED NASIR

Mellencamp poses for a family portrait to market his 22nd album “Plain Spoken” at the Greenwich Hotel in NY. Just days before the Super Bowl, John Mellencamp sunk to his legs in support for the Black color Lives Matter movement after executing a political ballad on the “Later part of the Show With Stephen Colbert.” The singer-songwriter sang the violin-and-piano dirge “Easy Aim for” _ with the lyrics “In the street and the gutters/The organic cotton domains in this land/Here’s a fairly easy target.” By the end, he kneeled and raised his right fist into the air. The music comes from Mellencamp’s album “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies,” which came out late last year
FILE – On this Sept. 22, 2014 data file photography, singer-songwriter John Mellencamp poses for a portrait to promote his 22nd album “Plain Spoken” at the Greenwich Hotel in NY. Just days prior to the Super Dish, John Mellencamp sunk to his legs in support for the Black color Lives Matter movements after undertaking a politics ballad on the “Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” The singer-songwriter sang the violin-and-piano dirge “Easy Focus on” _ with the lyrics “In the pub and the gutters/The organic cotton fields in this land/Here’s an easy target.” By the end, he kneeled and raised his right fist into the air. The track originates from Mellencamp’s record “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies,” which arrived late this past year. (Image by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, Record)

NEW YORK (AP) — Just times before the Super Bowl, John Mellencamp sank to his legs to get the Black Lives Matter motion after doing a politics ballad on the “Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

The singer-songwriter sang the violin-and-piano dirge “Easy Aim for,” with the lyrics “In the pub and the gutters/ The natural cotton areas in this land/ Here’s an easy target.” By the end, he knelt and lifted his right fist in to the air.

The song comes from Mellencamp’s album “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies,” which came out late last year.

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started out the kneeling activity at the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police force mistreatment of dark-colored guys. The protests prompted Leader Donald Trump to state players should be fired for not ranking through the anthem.

“Taking the knee started purely and simply as a protest of racial and social injustice,” Mellencamp informed The Associated Press. “Sadly it was politicized by the existing administration. The tune is simple and the protest is 100 % pure.”

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