John Mellencamp takes a knee for Black Lives Matter
John Mellencamp performs at the concert "Sing me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard" at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, February 2, 2018 3:28PM EST
NEW YORK - 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.