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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  • Black isn't a race it's a color

  • They didn't let the guy in the blue shirt talk smh #thisisamerica

  • He didn't come to Harlem and ask nobody up here! He didn't go to the hoods in bklyn the Bronx or other ghettos

  • if dat is the best way to bring some light to ppl if is a good message well dat shit suck herd better, didn't like da song period this fella dealing with heights seems really dark to me lol doh.

  • How can you ask people what they think after showing them a song on a 3 inch screen in the sunlight and phone speakers in a crowded park/union square. :-/ I'm glad they still got good responses out of people.

  • good perspectives from the folks in the video and most comments

  • Every one who likes this really need to wake up

  • 0:0:6 gon off the hennsey

  • Are all Americans this stupid?

  • RESPONSE VIDEO POSTED: Stephen Pippin's "A Real American" -------> us-tv.org/tv/video-oLrDHN7GV-s.html

  • @2:49 Not an AR, but an AK. AR is used as a representation of the current Mass Shooting Craze, while AK is definitely associated with violence in the black community, as well as seen as a sort of power symbol in gang culture.

  • 1:18 WELL OF COURSE YOURE PROUD, YOURE WHITE!

  • We are blinded by the media. Now adays everyone even myself staring at my phone is trapped. Teenagers would much rather be the next big coriagrafer or sound cloud rapper. Un employment rate is going. Getting worse in numbers killings are getting more recognized and we are distracted by whats kool or hip not the reality around us. We are eslaved by the media. All media.

  • The show that these New Yorkers are retarded and this video is retarded and black Supremacy is are just as real as white supremacy

  • Shut up negro

  • Idk y i dont like the shooting part

  • That dude at 324.lol

  • You asked New Yorkers? He is from the South.

  • It is showing about what happens in america and is showing that a lot of bad things happen.

  • Well she has no clue what she’s talking. About

  • I've not seen or heard any wrong responses from anyone but the only one I haven't heard was overall everything in this video was easily to be cross-referenced to something symbolical from our past which means seek and study because they are no longer teaching specific parts of history in public schools across America so PLEASE everyone if you see an image educate yourself from the past and present so we can try and have a better future......Gartell

  • How many of them actually have a job

  • If I ever liked this video it would be for the hairstyles of those ppl

  • If you listen to the lyrics he is making fun of today's rapper and what they talking about in their music

  • We r not black...

  • You're in the most diverse city on the planet, and yet you mostly only show the video to black people?

  • I would have thought this was in California because I'm pretty sure I heard at least 50 "Ya'know, like..."s

  • The fuck??? The AR to the quior!! Listen that shows how uneducated they are on a topic they care so deeply about!! Buddy that was an ak47 not an AR. Just because you associate a gun that looks scary and shoots fast with an AR doesn't mean it is

  • The song is trash

  • What Jim Crow references are there in the video?

  • Im a new yorker

  • I can't stand NY'ers, so why the hell am I watching this??? Bye

  • My nigga’s

  • Police brutality isn’t true. 😂 Black people are so close minded. Well at least she is. 😂 the world doesn’t revolve around you. No you DONT use dance as an outing

  • Ok but did they experience it by listening through a tablet speaker? Really? The music arrangement plays a big whole on the overall mood, specially that Bass line.

  • I am just sad that white America is still soooo fucking racist in 2018.. am neutral, am asian. I wish my country, Malaysia had your "African-Americans".... Nice T-shirt btw :)

  • Genius... a great way to paint a picture of events that society is loudly silent about

  • Can anyone under the age of 30 speak without saying "like" every 5 seconds.? Sad.

  • This is pretentious

  • Shit ain't genius. Wtf

  • Yeah it is real and crazy same tims. But the truth hurts no mater what .

  • Many Westerners are getting targeted in Middle East and most of them are leaving, so if Blacks thinks they are also getting targeted then why don't they leave America.

  • Interesting that mental health issues is what she could connect to....but I'm pretty sure when he did the video depicting the mass shooting at the church that it was NOT about the mental health of the shooter... evidence of the message still not hitting it's mark

  • I love how most people didn't understand it

  • I love when people that not have any idea, say 'clearly'

  • This music video would scare the shit out of you if you were high.

  • Can we get rid of the filler word "like" like like like like

  • if you black and you think this video doesn't apply or to you or isn't accessible or isn't a message to you then you need to evaluate your thoughts cause he's obviously pointing out a few faults within the black culture that need to be addressed within the older and younger generation

  • There is a couple of really um, different hairstyles. Distracting to be sure.

  • Hidden meanings in the video.Also steretyping a class of people in the USA. Majority of crime statistically are recorded.VIDEO is poor in taste .The tltle is wrong It should have been oppressed in america .

  • Tree man is lit

  • I cannot remember the originator of the quote, but I know it is pre world war II. The quote was "AMERICA IS A CONVERSATION PUNCTUATED BY GUNFIRE" At the time it referred to the US's gunboat diplomacy policy being, amongst colonial ambitions, trade expansionism and other things, a great way of steering political conversation at home. It is so very much more true today, with the 24 hour news cycle, total global coverage and communication... and with the cynical chaos at play within both social and political realms. A real debate about race and inequality...BANG...no, another school shooting. Lets all send thoughts and prayers. next! There has been a lot said about this video that I have really appreciated, as I failed to catch so much of the subtlety. But the quote I started this comment with... for me that was the thing that loomed large. that was being expressed by the whole song.

  • 3:25 "I get the point but you have to make your visuals accessible to a really wide range of people" Except that this is not only visuals, this the REALITY. And besides what Donald portrays in his MV, it's what we can see in the news

  • Divide and conquer......

  • New York seems SJW’d to hell!

  • This wasn't just a music video. It's performance art. Mr Glover is incredibly gifted. Even people who would want to dispute him are still going to be effected. The song is really good on its own too.

  • "This is America" .. No, this is what you turned America into.

  • 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!?

  • BROOOOO THE ONE DUDE LOOKED LIKE A DONKEY LOLOLOLOLL

  • 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🤙🏽

  • 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

  • The Song Has A BIG EARLY KANYE WEST VIBE

  • "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.

  • 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......

  • 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.