Donald Glover infamously known as Childish Gambino has had quite the weekend one might say. Childish Gambino, took the internet by storm with the release of his new music video “This is America.” Within 24 hours, the video amassed over 10 million views and over 50 million in two days. The video is filled with powerful imagery which addresses some of the harsh realities currently facing America. I have no words to do this video justice, so watch and be amazed. When watching don’t focus on his dancing, but rather what is taking place in the background, that where the true meaning lie.
This video is masterfully created from choreography to directing. Most importantly it highlights some issues that continue to happen in America today such as gun violence.
When I watched it these are the hidden messages in the video that I caught onto:
The murder of the choir singing – I think with this Glover is making reference to the 2015 mass shooteing at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Shooting the man playing the guitar – when the seated man comes back into the scene, his head is covered and before for shooting him Glover strikes a Jim Crow. For those who don’t know, Jim Crow was a racial character created by Thomas D Rice based on a man named Jim Crow.
The video is filled with a lot more hidden messages, I am sure I missed some of them, Leave a comment with the ones you find.