When I saw this, I was a little speechless. Then I watched it a couple more times and saw more of what Donald Glover is challenging through his art. I’ll let a few other people articulate it more effectively.
Childish Gambino This is America video shows the American fabric is selling distractions and superficial livelihoods, while in reality avoiding those systematic issues that we ignore because it’s easier to live a lie than to confront the truth. pic.twitter.com/mWUE8XQUjR
— Devon Jones-Stewart (@JonesStew1) May 7, 2018
Here is my take on Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino’s #ThisIsAmerica, I think he is asking whether black America’s tenability from the effects of white supremacy are weakened by our affinity for materialism, dancing & entertainment? https://t.co/TseaZlm8M4
— Abiola Oke (@Abiolaoke) May 6, 2018
Childish Gambino’s dance moves distracted all of us from the craziness that was happening in the background of the video & that’s exactly the point he’s trying to make…….#ThisIsAmerica pic.twitter.com/7o9e0XBGld
— Hurt Cobain (@D_Breezy_) May 6, 2018
Viral dances, mumble rappers… everything to distract the youth and make them forget about the real problems America doesn’t want people to talk about!
Respect to Childish Gambino for releasing #ThisIsAmerica
— Kanisha J (@KaniJJackson) May 6, 2018
One of the most beautiful, painful, honest pieces of art I’ve seen in my entire life.
“This is America” encapsulated the Black Experience with song, dance, melody, tone, facial expressions, eyes, shocking violence, humor, beauty, and so much more. https://t.co/uEapN4E6It
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 6, 2018