What New Yorkers Think Childish Gambino's “This Is America” Means | Genius News

Published on May 8, 2018
On Saturday, May 5th, Donald Glover pulled double duty on 'Saturday Night Live' by hosting and serving as the musical guest under his Childish Gambino moniker. To coincide with the appearance, he shared a new song titled “This Is America” and an accompanying music video.
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  • 1:45 lol he says entertainment he's right....look at the top of his head

  • 1:10 people like this just don't get the meaning of it no matter what color you are

  • IJS..... But is it me or do all these ppl sound the same...... Weird.

  • I think everyone is over thinking this edgy unorthodox music video. When it was really a failed attempt at directing a video lol

  • Some of these people have dumb ass thoughts. Speak some stupid shit on US-tv for everyone to see lmao

  • I'm sorry people but this is the impression that I have of America ie that it is a racist, sexist and socially retarded country where people only seem to count if they have money. Not everyone can be rich otherwise being rich becomes irrelevant surely and yet your entire society is based upon social Darwinism or SURVIVAL OF THE RICHEST. I would be absolutely terrified to even visit your country as you seem to kill people for no reason!?


  • Listen to the music switch from happy clappy human soweto hope theme to the machine beat this is America bang beat, it demonstrates perfectly how black culture is destroying black culture in America

  • this is all staged propaganda to sell a garbage product - now THAT's America

  • It's just a stupid liberal video but at least it portrayed Black on Black violence as the major problem within the Black community. I sit here thinking maybe that's exactly what the message is because we all know BLM is a joke and Donald really won't say what it is about so hmmmm.

  • You can hear 21 savage in the background in his music video by the way🤙🏽

  • Blacks, spics and asians aren't Americans, get over it.

  • Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. - Mark Twain

  • School shooting in Texas today This is America

  • This is the worst song ive ever heard. Not artistic. Not meaningful. Just fucking stupid. But hey... This is America

  • The Americans you could find in New York... What?

  • THE BLACK HOLOCAUST JOHN W. FOUNTAIN author@johnwfountain.com Last Modified: May 6, 2012 Imagine Soldier Field beyond capacity, brimming with 63,879 young African-American men, ages 18 to 24 - more than U.S. losses in the entire Vietnam conflict. Imagine the University of Michigan’s football stadium - the largest in the U.S. - filled to its limit of 109,901 with black men, age 25 and older. Now add 28,223 more - together totaling more than U.S. deaths in World War I. Picture two UIC Pavilions packed with 12,658 Trayvon Martins - black boys, ages 14 to 17 - nearly twice the number of U.S. lives lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now picture all of them dead. The national tally of black males 14 and older murdered in America from 1976 through 2005, according to U.S. Bureau of Justice statistics: 214,661. The numbers tell only part of the story of this largely urban war, where the victims bear an uncanny resemblance to their killers. A war of brother against brother, filled with wanton and automatic gunfire, even in the light of day, on neighborhood streets, where little boys make mud pies, schoolgirls jump rope, where the innocent are caught in the crossfire, where the spirit of murder blows like the wind. It is, so far, a ceaseless war in which guns are often the weapon of choice, and the finger on the trigger of the gun pointed at a black male is most often another black male’s. The numbers alone are enough to make me cry - to wonder why - we as African Americans will march en masse over one slain by someone who is not black, and yet sit silent over the hundreds of thousands of us obliterated from this mortal world by someone black like us, like me. It is a numbing truth borne out by hard facts: From 1980 through 2008, 93 percent of black victims were killed by blacks. Translation: For every Trayvon Martin killed by someone not black, nine other blacks were murdered by someone black. In 2005, - blacks - accounted for 13 percent of the U.S. population but 49 percent of all homicides. The numbers are staggering, the loss incomprehensible. Add to the tally of black males 14 and older slain across the country from 1976 to 2005, another 29,335 (slain from 2006 to 2010), and their national body count rises to 243,996, representing 82 percent of all black homicides for that 35-year period. What also becomes clear is this: We too often have raised killers. And this war is claiming our sons. But that’s still not the end of the story. Add to that number 51,892 black females ages 14 and older, plus five whose gender was not identifiable, and the total, not counting children, is 295,893 - more than the combined U.S. losses of World War I, the Vietnam, Korean and Mexican-American wars, the War of 1812 and the American Revolutionary War. Is the blood of these sons and daughters somehow less American? Two hundred ninety-five thousand eight hundred ninety-three . . . Imagine the United Center, Wrigley Field, U.S. Cellular Field and Soldier Field nearly all filled simultaneously with black boys, girls, men and women. Now imagine that twice over. Now imagine them all dead. As far as I can see, that’s at least 295,893 reasons to cry. And it is cause enough for reticent churches, for communities, for lackadaisical leaders, for all people - no matter our race, color or creed - to find the collective will and the moral resolve to stamp out this human rights atrocity occurring right under our noses. Just imagine the human carnage and the toll to us all if we don’t. I can’t. I won’t. JOHN W. FOUNTAIN

  • “Millennial New Yorkers react...” I was hoping to hear some commentary from that Sax player at the end of the video.

  • Great video. Great commentary. Sad country. Hope we can turn it around.

  • 2:29 killing black spirit

  • I'm glad that it was him killing the black people...it depicts the statistical reality in our culture #Allblacklivesmatter not just the 2% that are killed by white cops, what about the hundreds killed every MONTH in the hood... wake up people.

  • Donald Glover is amazingly talented and poignant. The video is painfully honest and the entire production is flawless. I love it. I hope we can fix this shoot black people first culture we are currently living in.

  • God damn most of them are dumb

  • I don't think any of em are actually from New York lol

  • 3:11-3:30 Said The Smartest Response 💯

  • I am amazed how people speak and display a sense of intelligence, but completely miss the artist message. The song is called, “This America,” for The Love of God. He, the artist, is America. Who cares and loves their guns more than the people (victims). Think deeper, why did the man have a hood on his head, not a hoodie, but a hood? Why was that same man sitting there playing music after his death? 💁🏽‍♀️ 🤑 Get your money, Black man. Making money for me and making money for you. Listen to the words and the images.

  • Those hairstyles got me fucked up

  • How many of these people r born n raised in NY......lmao

  • White girl's interpretation was so off.....Sincerely, White man


  • "Art has to challenge people and push forward the conversation otherwise what's the point?" ... Beauty. Skill. Uniqueness. What she's describing is post-modernist propaganda, not art.

  • "the gun shot is the police brutality"... how about that 90% of black victims of crime are victimized by other black people? And White people are 5x more likely to be victimized by a Black offender than the opposite? And all this while Blacks make up something like 13% of the population. Really activates those almonds. But let's not let statistics and facts get in the way of a good narrative.

  • One of the worse songs I've heard this year.

  • y everyone got crazy hair

  • He is a hard working talented person. I bet he is thankful he lives in this great country. Can't wait to see him in the new Star Wars movie.

  • This is America and its the America you have created.....music truly suxs.....who the f..k cares like......

  • I saw it as showcasing black on black crime being ignored

  • God spoke to him in this way: ‘For four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated. 7 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves,’ God said, ‘and afterward they will come out of that country and worship me in this place. Acts 7:6,7 The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand; Deuteronomy 28:49 And the LORD shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you. Deuteronomy 28:68

  • rassism against whites

  • Its not about black on black violence.It shows America “love for guns”.How the dances was a distraction to brutality to African Americans.

  • The AR to the choir? It's an ak fucktard

  • Fake video: everyone interviewed is an actor

  • Block person victimizing another block person , Jesus what a shock Get off welfare, and section 8 , work hard ,clean up your neighborhoods I have news for u , American is white mostly , therefore this is just a tiny part of America

  • The guy at 3:12 made the most sensible comment on that awful video.

  • weak comments

  • I say if you dont want to hear about blacks killing our own ,then spread the message of stopping it before it happens .Prison is not enough to stop the drug deals gone bad .So produce the jobs ,produce the community centers .Produce the outreach programs to help reduce the idea that being a powerful kingpin is the way out.

  • There's one dude that just casually has a tree growing on his hair.

  • best react video yet...

  • Song is whack without the video

  • Is dat Tupac?

  • It's about capitalism versus socialism

  • My man does not have a “lit” cap

  • People don’t give “a fuck” everywhere.

  • Those hair styles tho...wtf

  • DUMB. The video sucks and this whole bullshit proves art is fucking dead. They're telling you they are murdering you and you're like "HURR COOL DANCE MOVES BRUH". Wake the fuck up, ignorant fucking morons. It's not art and if you think its art it's because you don't know what art is.

  • I don't think that the video and the song in the video are taking about what the people in this video think that it is. It seems like it is talking about black on black violence and killing, and the promotion of criminal thug culture within the black community. Idolizing black entertainers who promote and praise that crap is like praising the Devil as he tells demons to devour your children. The klan only wishes that they could effectively destroy the black community in the way that thug culture does.

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  • lmao when black dilks say this video isnt for mw, i want to droo kick u. this video is especially for us. he's showing us that we have to wscspe this false reality before ir is too late. America has remained stagnant for centuries

  • That dumb bitch thinks it's for whites? I live in a (ghetto area) I see it all day every day too bitch.

  • take a shot when someone says like

  • More and more separatism perpetuating racism... "we do this", "we do that"... I won't dare mention white culture... we have separatism within our own race! All I know is, the point of the segregation that's pushed on us by media, news and entertainment is to have us fighting amongst ourselves so the elite evil of this world can rest easy knowing we'll never unite and stand ;)

  • How did they find people on the street who haven't seen this video

  • It's pretty sad that the retard and the white shirt with the Whoopi Goldberg hair is so ignorant that he calls the AK-47 an AR-15. We can thank that to mean stream media and their bullshit band gun laws as for the video. Good job he shows what it's really like in America to as where other people choose to turn their head or simply not believe the reality of what's going on in this world if they don't see it it must not happen ignorant is bliss

  • 2018 New Yorkers don’t count as Americans- they’re closer to French Socialists.

  • Disagree with the 2nd to last interview, totally agree with the last one. Great video, thanks.

  • 1:50 his hair dirty asf

  • Please suscribe

  • 1:50 what is that hair??? Looking like paper mache😂

  • I think a lot of people are missing a trick when dissecting this video. The song itself is very clever because it lends itself to different aspects of African American music. Also, the lyric 'this is america' immediately following the gun shot is very powerful and draws your attention to the relationship between America and guns. It's no coincidence that the moment he is handed a weapon he fires it. As if to say that shootings are the direct result of people being allowed to bear arms. I really respect him for doing this and dig the message of the video!

  • They... don't sound like New Yorkers.