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Breaking down 'This Is America,' Childish Gambino's chilling new video

Published on May 7, 2018
Childish Gambino, a.k.a. Donald Glover, released a powerful new music video examining the gun violence epidemic in America. Read more: wapo.st/2jElliP. Subscribe to The Washington Post on US-tv: bit.ly/2qiJ4dy
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  • i pray for my people yall cant be that stupid wake up people the end is near yall are like sheep cant think for yourself and its frightening God forgive us this asshole just set us back 100 years and proved the average person isnt worth saving get ready for the storm and remember this somg as you take your last breath sad world we live in Today SMH

  • Wow a leftist interpritstion from s left leaning news outlet, omg no way😮 (sarcasm)

  • You missed the seventeen seconds thing..for the shooting in florida on feb 2018

  • When are yall gonna come take my guns

  • An useful trap song.

  • So many thoughts that went by too quick This video is distracting itself and you to take time to learn it They don't want you to see what's going on Why is the message short about the video? I have not heard enough Video Not judged today But after the death it will Just Like You Fear god to not sin again please and fix you Do not save this song Or any music For you are a ritual

  • A mental place for black people? Seems racist how black people and only blacks have the guilt To have that He running cause he wrong and that's why he running And the white people running behind him is just like him and wrong too This isn't about guns and no Jim crow Its about all sins and runners and copes How you dodging the rest of the problems And mention gun violence You care to save yourself the gun The dance the smile The music and the other sins Instead of getting to god If you choose then keep running to darkness Money just for you Its to learn from And he reached it but it sounds as he hasn't spoke enough on it and The rest of the people almost have it right He left you confused by not speaking Because he runs from himself That's the most of it to not speak on Hide himself But behind the gun With a gun in front He a gorilla Now who holds a gun Blacks White police And Mexican army members The only stereotype is a sinner hear But where in the video is anyone getting to god. They rather not And I know And I know But I I will get to god Trust me Learn from a teacher Learn from mistakes Learn from yourself. Learn from god Do not distract yourselves even To others lives because you do But focus on your own Your truth is dodged by you yourself Even gambino dodging his own truth Proof on video And getting to god I do No marriage within me to no evil But you You would So you do To treat a gun To treat distraction To treat money To treat food A fake you I didn't judge Now accept it if I really do know you But you run (Trap? ) No sinner is cool But you think black Racist you

  • This guys is demotic

  • What can I say This is America

  • Bs to me

  • The real breakdown of this racist video. I'm tired of black people with the poor me this and poor me that attitude. Pull your pants up and step away from the rap music that is brainwashing you. The population of blacks in America is down to 13% and dropping. They are their own worst enemy. Every other race at some time or another were slaves but you never hear about it because we got over it and we are not trying to get free shit. Humor me and watch what is really happening to black America...us-tv.org/tv/video-XTe9bFSOVWg.html

  • This is way too obscure. The washington post is pulling these connections out of their asses. The lyrics have seriously nothing to do with *any* of this.

  • No one noticed something tattooed on under his right bicep

  • WOW THEY FORGOT THE HORSE MAN OF THE APOCALYPSE

  • You guys forgot to mention the choice of lyrics. Similar to what you hear in todays rap culture. We have people talking about making drugs and killing people which adds to the problem with youth. Donald did such a fantastic job hitting all topics with this song and video. With that classic beat and vibe only he produces when he makes music.

  • YES! Lets blame the school shootings on the guns and not the increasingly bad bullying in our schools! That will show them!

  • I liked everything up to the final analogy. Comparing him fleeing to the sunken place and calling it "a mental prison for black people" was an incredible stretch. Plus in Get Out it was about racism, but not in the way most would think of it. The sunken place was just a mental prison... had nothing to do with race. It was more of a metaphor for the conscious mind being pushed to the front so it could be taken over.

  • This is not America.... This is what America is becoming, minus the racism(unless you watch CNN, MSNBC).. I would love to see a video that brings attention to what is causing America to become this way........

  • Such a talented guy. Lots more to come from him

  • Just saw the video for the first time yesterday. The song is catchy, but the video is an incredible piece of art. Simply genius.

  • America is so weird

  • Ummm... you missed one other LITTLE bit in your break down. The fact that all of those shootings in the video were done by a black guy. *Just sayin'*

  • Top artist

  • wrong. its showing the duality of america. how in one moment violent crimes are being committed and also where the new dance comes from. and by standards on phones? im guessing they missed the masks they had on. its showing gang control of areas.. also the whole part at the start saying notice the care given to the gun compared to the body and then cuts the video short so you dont see the SAME thing happening to the body as it is the gun. they're getting rid of evidence.... the guns wrapped in a cloth so the man doesn't get his finger prints on it. and the body is dragged away to be disposed of..... the people who are trying to explain the video are talking of a world they know literally nothing about other then their own bullshit they tell everyone else. Also the end is showing him getting chased down by the very people he was hanging out with 2 mins earlier and by the look in his eyes you can tell he's running for his life.... has fuck all to do with insane asylums. its showing how people who kill people have to watch out for the people around them.

  • Fuck stupid and garbage music

  • Let's not make these mind games of 'theirs' a choice.build black

  • It’s this actors freedom of speech to voice his opinion about what he chooses to believe about black people and their communities in America through the eyes of mainstream entertainment/ media. Unfortunately he doesn’t seem to grasp the fact that not every black person in America lives this way and doesn’t understand the difference between race and culture. Not every black person believes the culture that is glorified through the entertainment industry is remotely similar to the culture they live in their day to day lives. Believe it or not there are actually black people who live in nice communities, have great families, have college degrees, have great jobs, don’t complain about how everything in America isn’t the way they want it to be because of their race, and don’t live the life that is seen through the entertainment industry because they live in the real world.

  • Kenyan malls are so racist

  • Also his pants alot of people miss those. Those are replicas of the pants the confederate army wore

  • The 5 kids in the back ground are supposed to represent the first 5 kids who walking into a newly desegregated high school. They are called the little rock 5

  • When is WaPo gonna break down My name is by Eminem?

  • Again the music is good but the message is over exaggerated and not congruent with reality. Don't misconstrue me. Trust me would you rather live in the USA or somewhere like Venezuela or Denmark. Stop complaining where you live.

  • They missed the 17 seconds of silence that he had for the 17 lives lost in Parkland, Florida.

  • This music video makes me want to die.

  • At the end being chased by ONLY white people... I hate this world.

  • kong afros

  • Can u break down my dick?

  • Y’all when he was running down the hallway there was only white people chasing him ?????????

  • Also, the video hinted at how America tends to cover up/distract people from all the chaos and violence with entertainment and social media,

  • America always ignore violence. And every day is easier to get guns in hands of criminals.

  • chills ugh

  • Nice way of cutting the violent parts out... Gotta get that ad revenue... But I have ad blocker so :P

  • the older cars could also represent the second amendment. When those cars first came out they more than likely worked fine and people enjoyed them, now with their age though there's a lot of problems with the cars and they could very easily cause accidents just like the second amendment. Sure it was good back then and it protected people guns have changed though.

  • I lost my story 's deaf child enter WSD miss message if return me Hope

  • This is nothing but straw clutching speculation

  • Fake news as usual

  • Also when he points a non-existent gun and everyone runs away from him screaming and the following 17 seconds of silence.

  • This video did a good job, of pointing out the obvious. Yet, missed the mark completly. My guess is Childish Gambino is pointing out how America is still using black culture to it's advantage, slavery through the music industry, raping the minds of young children in the ghetto, brainwashing them to believe that guns and violence is the way, when they do not see it's only causing black on black crime. The African roots played a long the music I believe is a calling to the hearts of the African people to remember where they came from and what their past was, to hope for a better future. Along with covering the major incidents involving black on black crime. Well I believe that is some thing along the lines of what CG is trying to show their the beats,lyrics,imagery.

  • *This is America.*

  • Y'all don't notice one of the teens dancing is will c'mon!

  • Washington Post Jumping in the bandwagon.

  • Here is one they got totally WRONG. An AK-47 is not an AUTOMATIC rifle its SEMI-Auto meaning you cant just hold the trigger and a bunch of bullets come out. One trigger, one bullet, then the next bullet loads on the chamber from the magazine and you have to pull trigger again for the SECOND one to come out. But of course im not surprised WP journalists aka liberal journalists do not have a clue how a gun works. They have been watching too much Hollywood movies.

  • there was someone on some other video who also pointed out the 17 seconds of silence in the middle of the video (the part where he has his fingers pointed like a gun and then lights his cigarette), probably for the parkland students.

  • No, the meaning is obviously meme

  • Stating "learn to cope with this trauma" is exactly the embodiment of this entire video...glad you pointed it out since many don't understand how things are completely different depending on demographics...best statement ever!

  • I love rappers like this.he was able to point out various problems in a way that people will actually listen to.

  • That or you are just overthinking the song

  • That Jim crow shit is creepy

  • This is.creepy.

  • More liberal bs

  • You guys forgot about the 17 second pause to commemorate the 17 people who were killed at the parkland shooting

  • us-tv.org/tv/video-qfqVkEYQ1Ls.html&list=PLSGBaDXfzApDURVSOo9Bh4KHEh92LvWRu&index=53rd Party - R.A.P. (Revolutionary Awareness Party)354 videos88,830 viewsUpdated today Conscious Rap - Political Rap - Political Hip Hop The realest compilation of Political & conscious rappers. You could save this playlist.

  • I just put up the decoded version of this video. Check it out!! It's well worth the watch!

  • You are reading in to much on this

  • all this angry dancing because Hillary didnt win

  • This is 'murica

  • He should have danced naked to symbolize American Porn industry.

  • Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame.

  • People people people, this is nothing new. Back in the 90's there were rappers like Public Enemy, Tupac, NWA who were hitting the same topics as this video does. One of the main differences is they TALKED about the issues, this video just shows issues and leaves it to others to interpret....then I looked at the comment section below, was not disappointed.

  • You forgot about the man who jumped off a bridge basically committing suicide while him and the school children were dancing

  • This video gives me fucking nightmares

  • his shoes! Referral to native Americans?

  • "A chilling look at the nation's gun violence epidemic." People are always going to kill people. Murder has always been in our blood. People toss acid on each other and stab people when guns are restricted. People shoot each other when guns aren't restricted. You could argue that N. Korea is a great nation. But human nature is something we really can't part with, because death is infused with life. TLDR: BORN TO DIE / WORLD IS A FUCK / Kill Em All 1989 / I am trash man / 410,757,864,530 DEAD COPS

  • Perception is reality. You're taught from a young age, all white people are racist, you can't get any where in life because of your color, bla bla. You see racism even when it's not there. What's sad is, it's always been the rich against the poor, not color. And they are doing a fantastic job at dividing us through, color, history, culture, religions, media, etc. They know if we stay divided, they keep the power. Everyone talks about slavery, they never talk about the black African families that profited off of selling their own people.

  • Best country on earth, that’s what it is!

  • lmao

  • omg i legit hear 21 savage and Blockboy at some points

  • I find it fascinating that even hear the Washington Post political bias stands Noticed how there's not even the potential mention of the idea that Childish Gambino is trying to call out the black community. Notice that the kids are far more interesting dance moves and what's going on around them the lyrics talk about black man try to get money, and he shows an absolute lack of care in an almost American Psycho way as he dances and has fun before committing an act of violence. Combine that with the lyrics in the imagery and I see this as him trying to call out the black community for having it's focused on the wrong things. But of course the Washington Post can't even consider the idea that even a semblance of the problem facing the black community could be self-imposed, nor they willing to consider the idea that Childish Gambino is trying to speak out against it and draw other black people into paying attention to what's important.

  • This is fucked up

  • The car are symbolized as what Africans get to when they come to America. Toyota Corrolla being usually at the top.

  • a look at gun violence? way to miss the message entirely. This video is all about how it "feels" to be black in America. Its not about gun violence. It's about black skin. Listen to the words. Look at the imagery. Why is there a jovial group of black people dancing around while dismay and disorder ensues behind them. Why is a chorus of gospel singing black people gunned down in cold blood? Its not about the guns, its about the society. We absorb the black art, but ignore the black plight. And we create expectations of the black man. "Get your money black man" Focusing on the guns is stupid, wrong and political. Listen to the message very obviously being conveyed. Think this video is about guns? Then explain the very end, where he is running for his life. He's running from society, not guns.

  • Hes a fucken genious

  • Guns take 33,000 lives, (12-16,000 excluding suicide), per year in the USA. However a bare minimum of 500,000 lives in America are saved by guns every year with the numbers being closer to 3,000,000. Guns do more good than evil. They are weapons of intimidation used by the public to keep criminals at bay. They can be used without firing a shot. A criminal will not commit a crime knowing the capabilities of their victim’s gun.

  • People driving drunk and drugged kill a fuck ton more people than firearms. Where is the video on that?

  • Lol I live in Charleston South Carolina right acroos the street of the church

  • That him crow shit is creepy

  • When I was a kid the Jim crow stance always scared me it's just creepy

  • I ADORE this song

  • it interpreted multiple ways there no 1 answer, one interpretation could mean the opposite of other

  • The end is like a slave running he even looks like a slave why are you comparing it to a movie

  • *_''PLEASE DO NOT MEME CHILDISH GAMBINO'S THIS IS AMERICA''_*

  • loom up coon chicken inn and thats the face he makes in the beginning

  • 1:08 stop that's a creepy look

  • Nice video, short and shows what it promised.

  • You forgot the person with the black head and rides the horse in the background I think it resembles the KKK

  • 00:48 or maybe how the Twitter crowd gets blinded by the "next crusade" without finishing the last one.

  • Who cares about black men? Why comment on what's best for the black fucking community if you're not black?! And especially if you're a white man! What the fuck kind of retarded subhuman creature are you?! Do you think you're some kind of christlike white cuck? Care about your own people, WHITE PEOPLE, when THEY are the ones facing a crisis and an extermination process all over the world right now. It's easy as fuck to be black in America now. Think about YOUR OWN PEOPLE you FREAK FUCKING SO-CALLED WHITE PEOPLE! THESE KIKES ARE KILLING YOU OFF!! this fucking proliferation of black culture is degrading and degenerating us all! Whites and Hispanics! And they're actually valuable people, unlike niggers. Use your guns while you still have them to kill the jews.

  • Pretty sure this is a protest against the government, and taxes.

  • Lmao, i love these comments!!! Hahahaha i expected bile inducing snobbery! I didn't expect the comments full of the demographic WP is trying to co-opt completely shitting on them, tooling on them, and making a mockery out of their low IQ manipulative shit

  • Really, really low IQ shit. I was expecting some really annoying and inane intellectual slumming/ politicizing but i didn't expect the antiquated Washington Compost itself, and I didn't even expect it to be THIS low IQ. Leave it to these WP kikes.