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Associated Press: John Mellencamp Takes A Knee For Black Lives Matter
02.02.2018 - Associated Press

Just days before the Super Bowl, John Mellencamp sank to his knees in support of the Black Lives Matter movement after performing a political ballad on the “Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

The singer-songwriter sang the violin-and-piano dirge “Easy Target,” with the lyrics “In the street and the gutters/ The cotton fields in this land/ Here’s an easy target.” At the end, he knelt and lifted his right fist into the air.

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

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the kneeling movement at the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police mistreatment of black males. The protests prompted President Donald Trump to say players should be fired for not standing during the anthem.

“Taking the knee started purely and simply as a protest of racial and social injustice,” Mellencamp told The Associated Press. “Sadly it was politicized by the current administration. The song is simple and the protest is pure.”  
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Rob Badgerow

I truly don't believe John's action was meant in any way to disrespect the brave men and women in the military or the American Flag. In John's own words “Taking the knee started purely and simply as a protest of racial and social injustice,” and I believe that is all it was meant to symbolize. I think that the bigots and the opposition to the cause have jumped on this like a life raft as a form to preach hatred and promote further division in America.

Posted by RobBadgerow 2018-02-06 17:01:11.

A knee?

If dude takes a knee during the anthem, I will renounce him forever. I will do this in honor of my son who serves our nation on the USS Illinois. I have been a lifetime fan of John, but that will be the end.

Posted by bradsanders56 2018-02-04 08:36:27.

 
 

 

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