An Expert's Take On The Symbolism In Childish Gambino’s Viral ‘This Is America’ Video | TIME

  • Published on May 8, 2018
  • Donald Glover released a new song and music video “This Is America” under his musical moniker Childish Gambino on Saturday Night Live this weekend - and single-take music video is laden with metaphors about race and gun violence in America.
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    An Expert's Take On The Symbolism In Childish Gambino’s Viral ‘This Is America’ Video | TIME

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  • gjaddajg
    gjaddajg 7 months ago

    Here's one of the real problems plaguing America:

  • Bella Bella
    Bella Bella 8 months ago

    You need to go deeper. You havent even scratched the surface

  • Modavis Renee
    Modavis Renee 9 months ago

    Childish Gambino is a “Brilliant Genius” It’s funny how saying nothing can say a lot! But showing something can mean a lot. America ALLOW POLICE to treat copper colored people HORRIBLE!!! America DONT CARE ABOUT the TRUE “Indigenous” people OF AMERICA!!!!!! MY PEOPLE BEEN PRAYING FOR AMERICA since OUR 12 TRIBES were SCATTERED AROUND THE WORLD!!!!🙏🏽🌍

  • Anthony
    Anthony 9 months ago

    Or maybe people just overthink every fucking detail?

  • Miles Fanboy113
    Miles Fanboy113 9 months ago

    Your just a black man in this world... you are just a barcode ayy

    Thats a lyric , not that im racist

  • Kk Plays Roblox
    Kk Plays Roblox 9 months ago

    This is exactly what this song is about. Covering up the truth. This Video is a prime example.

  • Kk Plays Roblox
    Kk Plays Roblox 9 months ago

    Wow. Completely ignored the 17 seconds.

  • Atindrila Roy
    Atindrila Roy 9 months ago


  • Mr Taz
    Mr Taz 9 months ago

    Experts my ass

  • Remnant321
    Remnant321 9 months ago

    The whole video was a "distraction" , we also care more about guns than about the victims. The car scene i think translates to: Gambino in that moment is a "man who has everything"... a bunch of shitty cars once he "get's his money, blackman". It's a play on the "blackman's" struggle to obtain wealth and money, but it is an empty less pursuit. The rest this video does a good job at pointing out a lot. Such a good video(original)

  • AngloHuscarl
    AngloHuscarl 9 months ago

    Isn't Donald Glover doing well in America... current personal wealth $4.5 Million+? This is a America!

  • Jay L
    Jay L 9 months ago

    Good Luck Explaining Black Culture, it changes with the times- yet still the same. Explain the next big Reaction:

  • Extra unOrdinary
    Extra unOrdinary 10 months ago

    At the end of the day, only the artist knows the TRUE meaning.

  • lppoqql
    lppoqql 10 months ago

    THE MESSAGE IS RACISM, America is racist to black, to Asian men, to Muslims, Natives.........

  • Harrison Gay
    Harrison Gay 10 months ago

    Sheesh, lazy video

  • [Insert Clever Name Here]

    I didn't watch the video and simply disliked it because in the title it says an experts take yet it's not my take on it and I'm super smart

  • A Pimp Named Slickback
    A Pimp Named Slickback 10 months ago

    "Music expert" you mean dumb ass liberal who's views a line with yours correct?

  • Elvishly
    Elvishly 10 months ago

    I have seen a lot of these symbolism videos recently. I feel a lot is missed out deliberately so that you can make your "own interpretation". I think ultimately this the message of the video is....hey I'm gonna make you think* *really make money like everyone else.

  • katelynn767
    katelynn767 10 months ago

    Not much of an expert. Most people knew this already.

  • Marilda Azka Azzahra
    Marilda Azka Azzahra 10 months ago


  • Zakiya Williams
    Zakiya Williams 10 months ago

    His overall point of the video is how us AMERICANS get distracted so easily by social media IN GENERAL not pointing the finger at race saying who doing what

  • mywordisfinal
    mywordisfinal 10 months ago

    this a horrible take on the video. search for the washington post explanation.

  • mafiajewishgrandma
    mafiajewishgrandma 10 months ago

    Is this like a preview of the expert's take or something, where's the beef? Fucking experts these days, 30 seconds outside the velvet box to get a couple big words a half deep thought.

  • Khan Skywalker
    Khan Skywalker 10 months ago

    I don't understand.
    This is music? This is art?

  • Ghebrehiwet
    Ghebrehiwet 10 months ago

    Terrible expert.

  • Ghebrehiwet
    Ghebrehiwet 10 months ago

    You missed the Jim Crow lose.

  • Michigo Moe
    Michigo Moe 10 months ago

    Black Twitter found more symbolism than this come on now😂

  • Margot
    Margot 10 months ago

    White Americans are so racist (I am a white person)

  • Tea Ezra
    Tea Ezra 10 months ago

    What a pathetic attempt at interpreting the meaning behind this clip. A more accurate breakdown can be found here:

  • Satisfied Boi
    Satisfied Boi 10 months ago

    So um I found this

  • Satisfied Boi
    Satisfied Boi 10 months ago

    So um I found this

  • Big Cheese
    Big Cheese 10 months ago

    Wow this video needs to be more diverse. To many black people only seen a few white... What a sad sad world we live in..

  • zzerulia lase
    zzerulia lase 10 months ago

    He genius im glad he show us this kind of art

  • jmack619
    jmack619 10 months ago

    the ultimate low point for youtube.
    think I'll cut youtube and bookface out of my life for good. google this

  • Roy_Thousand
    Roy_Thousand 10 months ago

    I am going to ask a serious question! Do you think outlawing firearms in the United States will stop violence between people? Keep in mind that the United States outlaws drugs and we still have people using and selling it. Also, London just surpassed New York City with the amount of murders committed, London had outlawed firearms for years!

  • Tyrone White
    Tyrone White 10 months ago

    What a shitty video

  • MixumillianMass
    MixumillianMass 10 months ago

    If it's coming from TIME, then it's not an "expert's take".

  • V Villalobos
    V Villalobos 10 months ago

    This is America video is really for the pseudo conscious and the fake woke.....the choir sequence mimics a manufactured news story of a crisis actor Dylan Storm Roof which perpetuates a false narrative and deception... Which is why this is only for the fake woke not the real conscious people that see right through the infantile emotions being triggered... this is America..

  • People Kind
    People Kind 10 months ago +1

    Absolute garbage.

  • Artemus Over Easy
    Artemus Over Easy 10 months ago

    Enjoyed the video because it paints a true picture of today's culture but what it doesn't do is offer any helpful solutions. Typical victimized mindset of many in this country. Blame someone else rather than take ahold of it yourself and spread positive change. Am looking forward to the next video form Gambino about "Steps to take to Fix America". Also- TIME: you suck at breaking down videos.

  • Viva Zapata
    Viva Zapata 10 months ago

    ppffffttttt you need to get your money back from that "expert" he ripped you off ....lmao crapiest expert ever what the hell did he come up with?? didnt even mention the white horse in the background...smh

    MILK MAN 10 months ago +1

    More whinning privileged black millionaire

  • subliminalvibes
    subliminalvibes 10 months ago

    PAUL JOSEPH WATSON actually nailed it better than this pathetic attempt at a 'breakdown video'.

  • UtaShinoBu
    UtaShinoBu 10 months ago

    Literally the only ones I've seen to disagree with the symbolism, meanings, and truths behind it all are all white. Maybe try to see why people of color feel this way. try to understand.

  • quakecon2009
    quakecon2009 10 months ago

    Search for "The Truth About 'This is America' paul watson"

  • Whatisthisplace Whatisthisplace

    How does one become an "Expert" in such things.

  • Caliberlism YT
    Caliberlism YT 10 months ago

    The expert must have failed school.

  • Nissan GTR
    Nissan GTR 10 months ago

    Of course what’s new

  • Jay B
    Jay B 10 months ago

    Thank you for nothing... Can I get my 1:31 back please..??

  • Ratna Har
    Ratna Har 10 months ago

    Why didn't mention about he smokes weed who indicated how many business cannabis lately just boom as legally mariyuana, mdical cannabis, etc... It's just ridiculous...
    In this MV seem the artist look like smoke weed that's why all scene seem slower then seem repeat back like nothing happened because all people just enjoy themselves in drug ... Ironic

  • Greg Gatsby
    Greg Gatsby 10 months ago

    All of that anti-gun talk is fine and dandy, until you wake up in the middle of the night, and see a large, scary dude, trying to break into your house at 3am. And then, you have to call the cops. But, you know that the police aren't gonna show up for another 30-45 minutes.

  • Mad kiss
    Mad kiss 10 months ago

    Close but this is not a black white.this is america game what he talking about.last one means we wake up but is to late the white horse means the war.angel of death that meana lot of people will die in that war or wake up revolution or what ever its goin to be .matbe after dollar fall.maybe somwthing bigger

  • valerie
    valerie 10 months ago

    The only expert here is Donald Glover himself

  • Malaнья Russia
    Malaнья Russia 10 months ago


  • Radioactivekitteh
    Radioactivekitteh 10 months ago

    this video/song is kinda what I imagine a philosophical conversation would be like if the topic of social media and how its different internationally
    cus distraction happens all over the globe
    what is it that makes THIS america
    Bon-fire talk, ya dig?

  • Allenda Simpson
    Allenda Simpson 10 months ago

    It is impossible to break this down in 1:31.....

  • Athena
    Athena 10 months ago

    The expert failed 🤦🏽‍♀️

  • Bee Pollen
    Bee Pollen 10 months ago

    haha "unadorned" and "accoutrements" of stardom... Whoever wrote this shouldn't be reviewing this video. Maybe get someone who's a little more in touch... lol

  • Vortex Studios
    Vortex Studios 10 months ago

    why are half the comments i see having to do with liberals

  • Vortex Studios
    Vortex Studios 10 months ago

    entire comments section:
    40% "fix your black culture" / dissing the song
    30% dissing the expert on the vid
    20% people talking about liberals and all that
    10% memes

  • Karen Took the kids
    Karen Took the kids 10 months ago

    I am sorry but African Americans kill each other way more than any white shooter by like 100X and they think guns and white shooters are the problem look in the mirror first.

  • 4pharaoh
    4pharaoh 10 months ago

    You are discussing subtext. Look at what is in your face:
    The person being executed IS America. WHAT is being machined gunned IS Christianity. THEY want America dead, THEY want Christians dead, THEY want blacks dead. THEY want us all stupid, preoccupied, and doped up. That is what this video is saying, it's very obvious. THEY are being hampered by America. TIME is part of THEM. So; is Danny Glover warning you or B.S-ing you?

  • Brother Bear
    Brother Bear 10 months ago

  • mingyu's height
    mingyu's height 10 months ago

    You mean stating what's obviously seen in the video?

  • skin tony
    skin tony 10 months ago

    Damn if this song is mostly about how there WAS slaves than it should’ve been called “this WAS America”

  • Jason Holland
    Jason Holland 10 months ago

    Everybody can differ from their interpretations from this video. I just believe that Gambino is trying to show us that this country is falling in reverse and no one is paying attention until it’s too late. This is one of the most genius videos I have seen and I applaud him for it.

  • Gypsy Gypsy
    Gypsy Gypsy 10 months ago

    U forgot the Jim Crow pants shoes and movements

  • sarah fry
    sarah fry 10 months ago

    The death of the choir is the death of religion in the black community by execution!
    Take your nose off the picture and step back to see the whole of it...

  • Corey Dowd
    Corey Dowd 10 months ago

    I'm just so sick of the world absolutely needing to analyze every single fucking thing. Like can we not just enjoy anything or appreciate anything without dragging out the bull crap that just wastes brain cells.

  • alnice2g
    alnice2g 10 months ago

    TRUMP 2020😍😊🇺🇸👏🏼

  • Andres Diaz
    Andres Diaz 10 months ago

    Pushing an agenda. Did anyone see the white horse with a hooded person? Death?

  • Jake Duffee
    Jake Duffee 10 months ago

    Racist Gambino

  • Kevin William
    Kevin William 10 months ago


  • Empress Niques
    Empress Niques 10 months ago

    As a black person - I think this video would've been a lot more effective if he had a Caucasian man carrying out the shooting on the choir (who were not singing praises to the most High but were talking about getting money - which btw is what a lot of the prosperity gospel pastors preach). That said - the shootings and the body being dragged away was done by black people. Also, the people dancing in the video which children in school uniforms who were mainly focused on partying rather than excelling academically and being mindful ofwhat's going on in their community. This video could easily be (mis)interpreted as being just another case of "blacks being the problem" in the mind of a racist.

  • Devon Subia
    Devon Subia 10 months ago

    I wonder if anyone has looked up the cars in this video and crossed ref with cars in police traffic stop shootings that made headlines?

  • Alex Gray
    Alex Gray 10 months ago

    Hahahaha I've read so many explanations of this video in the last week and the "expert" one is by far the least inclusive/informative. Captain obvious over here is over analyzing the blatant material and overlooking the layers upon layers of subtlety. Good job chump.

  • jennifer queen
    jennifer queen 10 months ago

    What in the holy fuqq??? This "expert" just said " the way Black art is used to distract." unclear, ambigous and extremely innacurate. how does that just get posted and go unchecked? Which Black art...just the whole damn lot of it huh???? This was lazy. Delete.

  • eddie g
    eddie g 10 months ago

    They forgot to add the part where he light up a blunt and the music stop to makes feel at peace then start softly with him on top of the old cars meaning we forgetting out all the evens with just a bunt

  • dudewat212
    dudewat212 10 months ago +1

    The choir shooting in the music video displays the societal efforts to try to diminish or eradicate the importance of Jesus Christ and the gospel musical foundations of African-Americans.

  • Michael Thorn
    Michael Thorn 10 months ago

    That dance is voodoo

  • SpreadingLight AndLove
    SpreadingLight AndLove 10 months ago

    A lot of people had things to say about his dancing and mannerisms being gay in this video .

  • ismailadams1980
    ismailadams1980 10 months ago

    This is no expert opinion. This person missed so many other points in the video. Like how the pose he used to kill the guy at the beginning came from jim crows pose poster with blackface.

  • Brody Smith
    Brody Smith 10 months ago

    They call him an expert? That's not the meaning of this song...

  • raphaell martin
    raphaell martin 10 months ago

    The RACISTS America!

  • FansSports
    FansSports 10 months ago

    Very artistically done.....just Luv it!

  • Jacob Lew
    Jacob Lew 10 months ago

    I though it was, people against gun violence are causing more violence than guns

    HOMELESS 10 months ago

    Wow I didn’t know this at all

  • Skyler Gainyard
    Skyler Gainyard 10 months ago

    The whole point of the video is to show what it means this is America we live in. Don't be blinded. As a black man there's so much more to the picture than you see. You would only know if your a black man.

    SI- LINCE 10 months ago +1


  • Mammy Bluegum
    Mammy Bluegum 10 months ago

    Damn dad Leroy bunch of gay ass black

  • Johnny
    Johnny 10 months ago

    I'm an expert in shitposting.

  • EFPTOZ Ebay
    EFPTOZ Ebay 10 months ago

    The 2-3 so-called expert thoughts weren't even on point.

  • hades
    hades 10 months ago

    So basically a liberal leftist video pushing propaganda

  • Steven Miller
    Steven Miller 10 months ago

    I saw a ufo in the background and gambino means Illuminati in the secret language of members

  • Jane Doe
    Jane Doe 10 months ago

    Pure satanic filth! Wake up zombies- this guy is possessed by some familiar uncleaned spirit.... change this crap

  • heatherbotez
    heatherbotez 10 months ago

    barcode=being branded

  • heatherbotez
    heatherbotez 10 months ago

    so no one can relate to South African Apartheid school children and jim crow american apartheid?

  • Ess M.
    Ess M. 10 months ago

    "expert" LOL! No

  • James Liu
    James Liu 10 months ago

    I feel like this video didn't say anything that wasn't already obvious. I suppose it was articulated well enough, but I'd expect maybe a bit of unique insight.