Profound! | Here are 9 hidden meanings in Childish Gambino's video
That 'This is America' music video is preaching! Don't miss the sermon.
If you haven't seen Childish Gambino's This Is America music video... what the hell are you waiting for? Really man, keep up! The music video features the South African dance move Gwara Gwara.
Okay, now that that is out of the way, we'll also admit that at first glance we saw the depth of the visuals in the music video but we didn't fully grasp just how deep it was.
Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover, released his music video for This Is America on Sunday and the video is still trending at number one on YouTube with over 31 million views already.
It is not only because the song has a catchy tune and a deep message that people have responded so warmly to the music video, it is because of the profound statement the visuals make.
Take your time and watch the video below, before we break it down for you:
The music video definitely got people talking and that's how the following common observations were made. Now, you might have a different interpretation but these 9 hidden meanings will still blow you away.
1. Gun violence.
In “This is America” look how the guns in the video are handled with care. Each time someone is shot the gun is taken away with a cloth and almost cradled but a respectable man in a polo/khaki outfit. The victims are dragged away.— Aerin (@aerincreer) May 6, 2018
2. Using dance and culture as a distraction
3. Police Brutality
4. Jim Crow
Jim Crow began as mere pop culture entertainment at the expense of America's freed slaves and became the means of their oppression. The term "Jim Crow" became so pejorative this country's apartheid separating Africans and their descendants from white Americans its name. pic.twitter.com/IEwLwfB2i4— Justin Simien (@JSim07) May 7, 2018
5. The white horse
ALSO (continued): Could this be a Horseman of the Apocalypse running through the background? But also the fact that you could miss it because of the dancing in the foreground further emphasizes the distractions of pop culture/social media #ThisIsAmerica pic.twitter.com/TPP7XswfGJ— Courtney Slavin (@courtneyslavin) May 6, 2018
6. The reenactment of the Charleston shooting
This scene reenacts Charleston shooting. Black people praising Lord killed for no reason. Look at the background, you see people running towards the area and "rioting" for change and cops running after them, just b/c it's their "job"— Kanisha J (@KaniJJackson) May 7, 2018
7. Is Glover running from...the Sunken Place?
Sunken Place is a concept developed in Jordan Peele's film Get Out.
I mean there was SO MUCH. The pale horse of death from Revelations, white cops going after black people, Gambino’s minstrel show-esque movements/facial expressions, Gambino running away from the sunken place at the end. But his shoot and gwara though! 🙄#ThisIsAmerica— E-Money 🤑 (@imanimlewis) May 6, 2018
8. Living for social media
9. The man that looks like Trayvon Martin's dad
Some Twitter users initially believed the man playing the guitar at the beginning of the video was Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin, the young boy who was killed by George Zimmerman in 2012. Turns out it's actually Calvin II, a musician based in Los Angeles.