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


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  • Prime_717
    Prime_717 6 hours ago

    1:45 lol he says entertainment he's right....look at the top of his head

  • Bijuu Clarence
    Bijuu Clarence 11 hours ago

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

  • Shakerra Williams
    Shakerra Williams 23 hours ago

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

  • Hamma Tyme
    Hamma Tyme Day ago

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

  • Irish Kid19xx
    Irish Kid19xx Day ago

    Some of these people have dumb ass thoughts. Speak some stupid shit on USclip for everyone to see lmao

  • Josie Fox
    Josie Fox Day ago

    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!?

  • xXgodlyclutchXx
    xXgodlyclutchXx Day ago


  • Wisky Tom
    Wisky Tom Day ago

    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

  • ignorecorporatenews

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

  • Google User
    Google User 2 days ago

    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.

  • 808_Gang_Germany 8⃣0⃣8⃣

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

  • amare bare
    amare bare 2 days ago

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

  • Joshua Rizo-Patron
    Joshua Rizo-Patron 2 days ago

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

  • Hell Flame
    Hell Flame 3 days ago

    School shooting in Texas today
    This is America

  • Chris Simkin
    Chris Simkin 3 days ago

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

  • Decidueye the Lax
    Decidueye the Lax 3 days ago

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

  • Buddy Silver
    Buddy Silver 3 days ago

    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.

  • Joe Greenwald
    Joe Greenwald 3 days ago

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

  • Jim Butler
    Jim Butler 3 days ago

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

  • Jennifer Lewis
    Jennifer Lewis 3 days ago

    2:29 killing black spirit

  • SummerJ200
    SummerJ200 3 days ago

    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.

  • David Orosz
    David Orosz 3 days ago

    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.

  • Kyle From a Alternate Universe

    God damn most of them are dumb

  • Big O
    Big O 4 days ago

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

  • Ka'Sean Cobbs-Walton

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

  • Kerry Williams
    Kerry Williams 4 days ago

    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.

  • All the other kids with the pumped up kicks better

    Those hairstyles got me fucked up

  • Nate Shaffer
    Nate Shaffer 5 days ago

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

  • ShananaGnS78
    ShananaGnS78 5 days ago

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

  • James Jones
    James Jones 5 days ago +1


  • Cyril Figgis
    Cyril Figgis 5 days ago

    "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.

  • Cyril Figgis
    Cyril Figgis 5 days ago

    "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.

  • *///ALTEZZA/// NATION///*

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

  • Nathan Conner
    Nathan Conner 5 days ago

    y everyone got crazy hair

  • Willard Jones
    Willard Jones 5 days ago

    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.

  • Misty
    Misty 5 days ago

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

  • Brandon
    Brandon 5 days ago

    I saw it as showcasing black on black crime being ignored

  • robert holmes
    robert holmes 5 days ago

    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

  • Regina Kniprode
    Regina Kniprode 5 days ago

    rassism against whites

  • Dedan Thomas
    Dedan Thomas 5 days ago

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

  • Aaron Hydes
    Aaron Hydes 5 days ago

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

  • Lisa Thompson
    Lisa Thompson 5 days ago

    Fake video: everyone interviewed is an actor

  • p ch
    p ch 5 days ago

    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

  • Andrew Smith
    Andrew Smith 5 days ago

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

  • Robert Stanley
    Robert Stanley 5 days ago

    weak comments

  • Kar Len
    Kar Len 5 days ago

    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.

  • Paul Tran
    Paul Tran 5 days ago

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

  • geddes
    geddes 5 days ago

    best react video yet...

  • Henny Steel
    Henny Steel 6 days ago

    Song is whack without the video

  • Capt'n Targaryen
    Capt'n Targaryen 6 days ago

    Is dat Tupac?

  • John Bell
    John Bell 6 days ago

    It's about capitalism versus socialism

  • Pindaaah
    Pindaaah 6 days ago

    My man does not have a “lit” cap

  • Dubious Claims
    Dubious Claims 6 days ago

    People don’t give “a fuck” everywhere.

  • ToneyCrimson
    ToneyCrimson 6 days ago

    Those hair styles tho...wtf

  • Allison Rose
    Allison Rose 6 days ago +1

    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.

  • My Perspective
    My Perspective 6 days ago

    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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  • Lauren Mcdaniel
    Lauren Mcdaniel 6 days ago

    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

  • chris cobain
    chris cobain 6 days ago

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

  • Kaiz The Monster
    Kaiz The Monster 6 days ago

    take a shot when someone says like

    NEUROTICON 6 days ago

    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 ;)

  • Jolly Mangina
    Jolly Mangina 6 days ago

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

  • Jeff Emory
    Jeff Emory 6 days ago

    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

  • Butcher the Silence
    Butcher the Silence 6 days ago

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

  • Blak
    Blak 6 days ago

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

    ICEWALLOW COME 7 days ago

    1:50 his hair dirty asf

  • BlueRay 409
    BlueRay 409 7 days ago

    Please suscribe

  • Alex Ellis
    Alex Ellis 7 days ago

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

  • MRK3LV
    MRK3LV 7 days ago

    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!

  • MannyVic Gaming
    MannyVic Gaming 7 days ago

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

  • Eros Delorenzi
    Eros Delorenzi 7 days ago

    Why do Black Americans always using Sicilian and Italian name's, I'm Sicilian and i don't get it? Now you have Childish Gambino, Yo Gotti, Lil Gotti, Al Capone, Gucci Mane, D'Angelo and so forth.

    • Jocky Rohnson
      Jocky Rohnson 7 days ago +1

      Eros Delorenzi And those monkeys are the first to cry cultural appropriation. Smh 🤦🏻‍♂️

  • Blue Rose
    Blue Rose 7 days ago


  • sweet caramel
    sweet caramel 7 days ago

    He is black man, killing other black people while dancing with black kids in a chaotic surroundings full of black people while other black kids with masks are taking videos of what's happening but in the end he is a black man running from what appear to be white police men/civilians. I'm thinking he is making 2 points. First the high crime rate and the disfunction with in black community which is affecting the youth and young children. Second point is the discrimination and police brutality. I find it interesting that when white people watch the video they say he is talking about black on black crimes but when black people watch it they say he is talking about police brutality on black men.

  • HvdGaming
    HvdGaming 7 days ago +1

    That guy was asian.

  • Khai Yisrael
    Khai Yisrael 8 days ago

    Why did they just show this part of New York son 🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️

  • Noose Dog
    Noose Dog 8 days ago

    What the fucks up with the east coast your hair dude

  • Amit Das
    Amit Das 8 days ago


  • Raj
    Raj 8 days ago +1

    Powerful visual description of culture in the United States of America. Excellent artist in a country completely lost, inept, so willing to murder, ethnocentric, racist, and corrupt.

  • space unicorn
    space unicorn 8 days ago

    I have two theories about what the end of the song means. 1 is that hes running and people are following. I think the people represent the negativity thats going towards black people. So hes trying to run away from that negativity which is what the people are representing. But no madder how far you run, at the end, your still going to be black. My 2 theorie is that hes is trying to run away from his problems which is what the people are representing. But no madder how far you run, your problems are still going to follow you. Thats just my opinion. And im 10 years old.

  • Kevin Alford
    Kevin Alford 8 days ago

    I feel like everyone in the video, save one, had a good point and a strong take.

  • Elise Love
    Elise Love 8 days ago


  • Michael Anthony
    Michael Anthony 8 days ago

    black on black crime ya'll

  • Marilyn King
    Marilyn King 8 days ago

    that Aaliyah shirt!

  • Migel DelaCruz
    Migel DelaCruz 8 days ago

    2:49 this guy said AR when it was an AK47

  • Dan Wahlen
    Dan Wahlen 8 days ago

    Excellent piece!

  • Ben Frusti
    Ben Frusti 8 days ago


  • Peter Szasz
    Peter Szasz 8 days ago

    look what im whippin now...

  • Jamal Thompson
    Jamal Thompson 8 days ago

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  • Mein Neiger
    Mein Neiger 8 days ago

    new yorkers r weirder then i thought

  • The Originatorz (919)

    Y’all see raury lol

  • Monica Pilgrim
    Monica Pilgrim 8 days ago

    I know that guy in the pink pants that's my mom's friend wow wouldn't think too see him in a video

  • Tubebrerry
    Tubebrerry 8 days ago

    This Is America is the kind of artwork that lazy college professors love, because, regardless of its truth or merit, it's easy to teach; it has symbols, allusions and references galore, which are catnip for hackademics, who can prattle on for an hour and show how smart they are.

  • YeeYee Yee
    YeeYee Yee 8 days ago

    Why is he only asking black people. I say RACISM to you.

  • Tammy Warren
    Tammy Warren 9 days ago

    So many people never see the white horse or "pale horse with death riding in" that's a symbol of the apocalypse!

  • T C
    T C 9 days ago

    Don't nobody give a fuCk what new Yorkers think about shiit!

  • Ramon Bonilla-Reyes
    Ramon Bonilla-Reyes 9 days ago

    Violence depicted in music has been done before; what's the difference here?

  • Salima Taylor
    Salima Taylor 9 days ago

    2:36 😂 "Probably something to do.. I don't know.. this would be a guess" why can't you be sure of your statement in a discussion about race when your white? She doesn't feel she can. But why? Aren't you American? So your experiences of racism matter as well regardless of it being a different experience. YOU (the white person watching this and any brown person along the spectrum regardless of what society has fed you about your superiority to Black People) have a part in this too. You don't get to "not be sure" about real shit out here. That's a cop out. If you can't see other people's humanity, you can't see your own either. We are all being dehumanized.

  • Fofo-Emmanuel Kabasele

    The last two New Yorkers #wtf lol 😂

  • samantha smith
    samantha smith 9 days ago

    I don't get it, even though the experiences of blacks being gunned down by whites and making a display about it, what are the changes that need to be made?To make a change from these types atrocities, what can we do as society?

  • Post Post
    Post Post 9 days ago

    That second girl made me laugh so damn hard, how you gonna be so dumb?