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Childish Gambino's This is America - Official Video, Lyrics, and Commentary

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Joshua Romero Acosta (May 21 2018 2:36PM) : Even though I saw the video for the first time I was shocked because of Gambino had shot a guy that was wearing a bag over his head. Plus The overall message of the video is basically talking about all the violence that is happening here in America.
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Jeheim Philbert (Oct 22 2018 9:03AM) : I agree this video is talking about violence that is happening in America.
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Arielle Jones (Nov 19 2018 9:19AM) : Violence is based on this video more

I agree with what he said because this video is based on the things that happend in america through out the years

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Jeheim Philbert (Oct 17 2018 9:09AM) : Gambino did in action of him doing a mockery of Jim Crow.
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mckenzie octave (Oct 21 2018 12:43PM) : i agree with what he said more

jim crow is used as a made up character to mock balcks

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Md Rafiquzzaman (Oct 22 2018 9:06AM) : I agree with you more

Gambino in this video shoots the black person wearing the bag over his band to show us how guns are more important than the lives of blacks.

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Student Nerds Rock (Dec 11 2018 3:06AM) : Confused on @Md Rafiquzzaman's comment more

Err wait just want to clarify here. You had said:

‘…to show us how guns are more important than the lives of blacks’

Do we agree neither you, me, nor Gambino believes that guns are more important than any groups of people’s lives?

I couldn’t tell from the way you worded your comment and would be interested in further understanding your perspective if you answer to the the above is not that we all agree here.

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Michael Leith (Oct 17 2018 9:21AM) : Overall meaning of the video more

The overall message of the video is not just the violence but notice how Childish Gambino and other kids are just dancing through the violence like nothing is going on in the background

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kimani ingram (Oct 19 2018 9:24AM) : I agree with you more

Yes i agree with you because Gambino is showing that there is violence all over the country but we are being distracted by it

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Nathaniel Bacchus (Oct 19 2018 4:41PM) : I strongly agree with you.
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Carl Deguerre (Oct 22 2018 9:10AM) : I agree with you
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Elijah Woods (Nov 13 2018 9:23AM) : You are right, the overall message of this is to bring more awareness to the violence in America.
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Nathaniel Bacchus (Oct 19 2018 4:26PM) : The First Minute more

Within the the first minute, Childish Gambino shot a black man with a gun. The gun got carried away in cloth while the body was dragged on the ground. This could mean that black bodies are less important then guns.

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Md Rafiquzzaman (Oct 22 2018 9:10AM) : I agree with you more

I very much agree with you, black people are considered less important to non whites

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Jada Holder (Oct 22 2018 6:01PM) : I will have to agree with you black people are treated as nothing. While a gun is being more secure.
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Nathaniel Bacchus (Oct 19 2018 4:31PM) : Gambinos Outfit more

Childish Gambino wore the same outfit as the confederate soldiers.

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Nathaniel Bacchus (Oct 19 2018 4:37PM) : “I’m on Gucci, I’m so fitted” more

This could mean that people, mainly worry about high end clothes instead of paying attention to the problems that going on.

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mckenzie octave (Oct 21 2018 12:46PM) : i agree more

the materialistics things are here to distracts us from reality

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oghenetega Eferere (Oct 21 2018 5:47PM) : I agree with you because people are mainly concerned about materialistic things.
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Arielle Jones (Nov 19 2018 9:21AM) : i agree more
i agree with you because people are mainly based on or concerned about designer clothing
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Nathaniel Bacchus (Oct 19 2018 4:38PM) : “This is a celly” more

Gambino is referencing to the prison system which are the tools of African American oppression

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mckenzie octave (Oct 21 2018 12:45PM) : i strongly agree with you
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Elijah Woods (Oct 25 2018 9:23AM) : At the end of "This is America" Donald runs away from people in darkness, which could be symbolizing slavery long ago when black people were running for their lives or to escape for freedom. What are your thoughts?
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Noni Rodgers (Mar 18 2020 7:25PM) : ummmmm more

I agree with him because he said " I got strap, I gotta carry ’em " that means that he has to protect himself from other people

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Joshua Romero Acosta (May 25 2018 2:39PM) : At the ending I had realized the same women who was in the video called All the Stars that was in the movie Black Panther.
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mckenzie octave (Oct 17 2018 8:26PM) : this video is a representation of jim crow more

it goes into detail from the way she shoots the man in the position he was standing in. how the kids dancing in their uniforms is a distraction to whats going on in the video, how us kids now a days are into every dance challenge and were dancing our lives away. the question is when will we wake up from reality it’s like were brain washed.

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oghenetega Eferere (Oct 21 2018 6:02PM) : I strongly agree with you
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Jeheim Philbert (Oct 22 2018 9:09AM) : I agree he did do representation of jim crow in the start of the video.
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Elijah Woods (Oct 22 2018 9:05AM) : When ive seen this video a day after this came out i took this as a lit video. lets just be real Danny Glover kilt the dance moves in the video,if you say u werent rocking to it the first time your lying.I saw on news stories and sources like that on how more

significant Childish Gambino is explaining the realization of the U.S, such as the devastating issues on police brutality,civil rights, and white privilege.

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kimani ingram (Oct 22 2018 9:10AM) : i strongly agree more

Childish Gambino explains the devastating issues on police brutality, civil rights and white privilege in many ways throughout the video. The way he did it he you would have to watch the video more than once in order to really get a full understanding.

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Elijah Woods (Oct 24 2018 9:18AM) : Donald Glover does a great job at distracting the viewer
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Elijah Woods (Nov 07 2018 9:18AM) : I know you all noticed the black children dancing majority of the video, the dancing children can represent black art used to distract people from the real problems happening in America.
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Elijah Woods (Nov 13 2018 9:13AM) : Not a serious comment but did yall notice Donald and the black children hit that short Blockboy JB shoot??
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Grace Raffaele (Oct 12 2018 10:11AM) : So far, this is very upbeat and positive. However, I just noticed that the dancers are all wearing the same thing....is this a comment on "sameness" in America? [Edited]
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Grace Raffaele (Oct 12 2018 10:21AM) : The cars at the end are also an "emblem" of American power in money. His body is alone and unrecognized in the midst of all the metal and modern commercialism.
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Brianna Pierce (Oct 17 2018 9:25AM) : Connection to Charleston church shooting more

This represent a white Guy who shooted up the churches and murder 13 people

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mckenzie octave (Oct 21 2018 12:44PM) : i strongly agree with you
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Jeheim Philbert (Oct 22 2018 9:14AM) : It was a connection to the charleston church shooting.
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Jalen osborne (Oct 23 2018 9:20AM) : The message of the video is that violence is not the key to everything because in the song he has a bunch of kids dancing with him .
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Jalen osborne (Oct 23 2018 9:21AM) : The song is about all the violence happening in america .
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Elijah Woods (Nov 13 2018 9:20AM) : yes sir, alot to it
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Jalen osborne (Oct 23 2018 9:23AM) : childish gambino is trying to match with the confederate soldiers .
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Sanasia Yon (Oct 25 2018 9:16AM) : This video shows how people care for guns more than people lives. All of this Dancing is a distraction to the real world scenarios. When he does the gun pose it was him doing something that happened in Jim Crow.
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Brianna Pierce (Nov 13 2018 9:10AM) : The african kids that are dancing represent that we are blindfold on what is going in our society .
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Brianna Pierce (Nov 13 2018 9:13AM) : I believe that the last ending of the video him running represents him running from the cops.Police brutality is a major problem in the black community
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Brianna Pierce (Nov 13 2018 9:18AM) : we need more people to be aware on whats going on in our society we need to stop letting the internet destricted us .I think thats the most important message in the video
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Brianna Pierce (Nov 13 2018 9:24AM) : when childish Gambino said get your money black i think he is trying to say black man are learned to worry about getting money and clothes but they need to know thats not important .I think he is trying to say we need more blackman to stop workin for the more

white man and start owning our own business.

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Lona Jack-Vilmar (Oct 12 2018 10:10AM) : This image of this lone guitar seated on the chair in this confined space is powerful. How can music transcend what I see as an oppressive space?
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Iyana Brown (Oct 19 2018 9:18AM) : I agree with this . more

the reason I agree with this is because I feel like when he sat in the chair and started to play his guitar it looked so powerful , like this is the way most people make it out & provide for their families .

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Tahlia Soto (May 09 2018 5:02PM) : what I see in the video ,Everything starts off calm and happy until someone get shoot and die. Other people came out of nowhere and start to clean up the act. And you hear This is America DON'T CATCH ME SLIPPING. IMMA GO GET THE BAG. [Edited] more

My thoughts on this video is good because i think it gives you signs to which your back. And when the kids came out to dance was like a sign to say ya you can look good and have a lot of stuff but someone out there is going to still be after what you got cause it’s what they want . Also this is America many people get away with there crimes so always watch yo back cause either way it go if you are trying to live and help yourself there will always be someone watching you in every set you take.
And if you get cost it’s quiet for you because they not going to help you .they are just going to cover it up for there safety and leave you hopeless.
You not going to get what you needed unless to tell someone or snitch on someone an either which way you still going to get messed over if they don’t get what they want you will suffer cause it’s America.
Also to me his line ‘’Grandma told me Get your money, Black men(Black men)’’..he sayings black instead of sitting down and blaming other people take responsblilty of our actions.

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Kayla Molina (May 14 2018 4:36PM) : this does make sense. more

I agree because people get killed based off of things they see and want from another person

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Ronaysi Gomez (May 16 2018 3:59PM) : agree with you more

because people go base on the way they think which made them not gather enough information that’s why gun violence been to viral….

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Tahlia Soto (Jun 06 2018 4:16PM) : I agree more

But have you ever thought of like Guns might not be to much of the issue it’s just how many people let there emotions BECOME THE BEST OF THEM and for some people it’s hard to control .And things go out of hand and turn into killing

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Tahlia Soto (Jun 06 2018 4:08PM) : Tru because many people just really do not care about your life. more

Yes, I agree with you but I’m glad you understand what I was trying to say because in the video many people was running around hurting their self like they was becoming a made man on medinice .

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Joshua Romero Acosta (May 25 2018 2:32PM) : I can see a guy walking to a chair and started to play a guitar, then all of a sudden Gambino had shot the dude in the head
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Joe Bellacero (Oct 12 2018 10:19AM) : Setting [Edited] more

Where could you better set a video called “This is America” than in a parking lot? We define ourselves by our cars. We are willing to pay rent for them. Our day is cheerful if we find the perfect parking spot. And an empty parking lot is the equivalent of an automobile candy store.

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Grace Raffaele (Oct 12 2018 10:41AM) : I think there is also a certain "sameness" to the cars - not much variety in the cars in that lot in the video.
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Nathaniel Bacchus (Oct 19 2018 4:44PM) : Did you realize that all the cars are old?
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Tahlia Soto (May 16 2018 4:17PM) : I wanna to know, why when the man walk to the chair he is dressed as if he was in slavery picking cotton .Also he do not have on shoes I really do want to know if this is a sign or a message that he is trying to get out to people to really understand ... more

What people are doing in America and to cover up there act upon other. And when I say act upon other as in how so many police offers are getting away with killing babies, teenagers, n adults. However,Some of these crimes aren’t solve yet and still increasing day by day because people feel like if you not them they really don’t care unless they get what they want and they are good.

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Renée Ehle (Oct 12 2018 10:21AM) : I like how joyful this song is at the beginning. The empty space with monotone colors emphasize the j oy of the music. Now that I've seen the whole video, this way of beginning sets us up for strong contrasts.
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Grace Raffaele (Oct 12 2018 10:26AM) : Yes, for me this is all about harsh contrast... in America....
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Jane Higgins (Oct 12 2018 10:29AM) : CG standing with his back to camera more

There’s a lot being said here about the black body. CG dances through many types of music (from African to Gospel to contemporary) which allows him to emphasize how his body is moving shirtless. Reminds me of Coates and his argument around how death and abuse of the black body is acceptable because of the white gaze and devaluation of the black body.

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Jane Higgins (Oct 12 2018 10:21AM) : "We just want the money" more

The focus on money is made immediately in the video next to lyrics about the party. It could be assumed that the We are the people that CG represents, but perhaps not.

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Renée Ehle (Oct 12 2018 10:23AM) : Hints that the "party" isn't all joyful--not in really obvious ways/words, but in subtle disjunctions of movement and facial expressions.
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Lona Jack-Vilmar (Oct 12 2018 10:15AM) : "We just want to party" more

Whoa, the music is beautiful and uplifting then this hooded figure awaiting execution emerges. At this moment it feels clear why we are in this oppressive institutional setting as an execution is about to take place. Who? What? Why?

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Adelphe Peralta (May 09 2018 4:31PM) : i think this means and represents the death of an african american [Edited] more

i feel this could be a slave being killed because of the sack he has over his face and skin color but also it shows a representation of how arican americans feel today. I think they still feel enslaved and undermined by white supremacy which is something that shouldnt be happening in the year 2018 everyone should be equal

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Kayla Molina (May 14 2018 4:37PM) : i agree with this comment. more

Blacks till this day feel very enslaved. They dont feel equal and they get treated unfairly.

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Lona Jack-Vilmar (Oct 12 2018 10:47AM) : Eerie imagery more

This reminds me of the ISIS executions in Syria.

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Ty'ana Banks (May 16 2018 4:38PM) : Childish Gambino has the stance indicating reference to Jim Crow. more

Jim Crow was the name of the laws set during the time of segregation of whites and blacks (people). As Childish Gambino is in this stance he’s aiming a gun at a colored mans head while wearing what seem to be the pants that confederate soldiers wore. Showing the issue of racism is still at hand in America.

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Joshua Romero Acosta (May 25 2018 2:34PM) : that's true because black people were separated from whites and if black people don't follow the ruels that cops have the rights to kill
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Lona Jack-Vilmar (Oct 12 2018 10:44AM) : I agree. more

Yes, excellent observation about the Confederate uniform!

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kimani ingram (Oct 17 2018 9:13AM) : He's about to kill the guy that is sitting in the chair with a sack over his head. more

he is impersonating a Jim Crow poster that was created back when segregation in America was at it’s worse. I think that the person sitting in the chair with the sack over his face is supposed to be a slave because at first he was playing the guitar & looked happy but then out of nowhere he is wrapped in a sack and shot in the head. Honestly i feel like the guy with the sack on his head is supposed to symbolize how us blacks feel today with the racism, inequality etc. its like we are still enslaved and this shouldn’t be happening in 2018 Untied States of America.

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Jada Holder (Oct 17 2018 9:22AM) : Childish Gambino shot the man playing the guitar in jim crow style.Jim crow was a theater character that was made to make fun of colored people.It was a shocker in the video. And Jim crow was the practice of segregating black people a in the U.S years ago [Edited]
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oghenetega Eferere (Oct 21 2018 6:03PM) : I agree with you cause jim crow was a stage character
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Jeheim Philbert (Oct 17 2018 9:23AM) : He did the stance from jim crow a white man who painted his skin black and acted like black people doing stupid stuff.
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Elijah Woods (Oct 22 2018 9:10AM) : Thank you, the Jim Crow meaning makes sense now.
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Carl Deguerre (Oct 18 2018 9:16AM) : He posed and shot him in the head
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oghenetega Eferere (Oct 18 2018 11:52PM) : He poses as Jim Crow, a stage character. more

Jim Crow was just a stage name. In this video, he uses the Jim crow pose to depict the system of racial Apartheid that dominated the American South for three quarters of a century beginning in the 1890s. Jim Crow refers to the repressive laws and customs once used to restrict the rights of people of color.

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Carl Deguerre (Oct 22 2018 9:17AM) : I agree with you because he does the jim crow pose
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mckenzie octave (Oct 21 2018 12:23PM) : shoots the man more

this is in a very important move, this is the jim crow postion, jim crow is a theater character to mock blacks

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Ronaysi Gomez (May 09 2018 4:37PM) : the reason why I pick this part was because it show a dramatic action about thing that are happening now in society. [Edited] more

This tell me that our society is changing everyone pectetive of living and this takes us back to the jim crow law

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Adelphe Peralta (May 09 2018 4:47PM) : i like this too [Edited] more

i completely agree with you because i feel the same way. One reason I agree is because this video does show how society is now and all the problems society is facing especially african americans. another reason is because it shows how african americans feel in america

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Robert Dufour (May 16 2018 4:02PM) : Can one video speak for all African Americans? more

Yes, this is a dramatic work of art. But how do you know it speaks for such a wide a segment of the population?

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Kayla Molina (May 14 2018 4:38PM) : i agree with this comment more

i agree with this comment for many different reasons. This video is showing how society use to be and how it currently is till this day.

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Tahlia Soto (Jun 06 2018 4:20PM) : I AGREE more

CAUSE MANY PEOPLE ARE FALLING OFF BAD AS IN THEY STOP CARING ABOUT THERE LIFE MANY PEOPLE START TO CARE MORE ABOUT WHAT THEY CAN GET FROM YOU IF THEY USE YOU.

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Kayla Molina (May 14 2018 4:24PM) : This video represents many things that are taking place in america. Many things that people dont speak on. more

Many blacks still feel enslaved even after all this time.Many innocent blacks were and are still being killed to this day which is sad because we should all be able to treat eachother equal

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Iyana Brown (Oct 17 2018 9:05AM) : This is my first time watching this video but when i saw Gambino doing that pose i automatically thought of the Jim Crow Law. That pose represented what many slaves well African Americans and people of color went through back in the 1870's. more

Then when i saw him shoot the man with a bag over his head it came to my head that this is what America is really like today.

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Iyana Brown (Oct 17 2018 9:10AM) : this video is representing everything that happened or that is happening in America. more

When he wiped of the gun i thought about the things that happened because that’s how many people don’t get caught because they think that they’re smart but everything soon comes to an end .

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Kayla Molina (May 14 2018 4:26PM) : This video represents many things that are taking place in america. Many things that people dont speak on. more

People get away with crimes so easily. You can kill someone and wont get introuble. Many blacks were killed for no reason and nothing was done about it.

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Jada Holder (Oct 17 2018 8:36PM) : The gun I carried away so carefully while the dead body is being dragged off. It shows that we have more respect for guns than we have for human beings.
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Nathaniel Bacchus (Oct 19 2018 4:46PM) : I agree with you, I noticed the same thing
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Md Rafiquzzaman (Oct 25 2018 9:23AM) : Why did the guy drag the dead black guys body away more

According to the video, after Gambino shoots the black guy who was wearing the bag over his head. The student drags his body away

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Tahlia Soto (May 16 2018 4:50PM) : I wonder if Childish Gambino in with the illuminati or is He trying to give us a sign about the illuminati... Why would YOU SAY THAT ?.., more

Throughout the video his was giving signs and hints that could be naked to the human eye. He even had a message through his background. But the people where to busy look how he turn up and didn’t realize at the beginning of the video he had the left side of his pants leg over his shoes and the right down …why not both up or both down ..why one up and one down ?.
After Childish Gambino shot the man he said,‘’ This is America Don’t catch you slippin’ up’’ and he did a dance as in if got away with the murder. I wonder is he relating this to the many crimes that many police offers got away with.

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Joe Bellacero (Oct 12 2018 10:44AM) : Illuminati, is it real? more

Interesting that you believe in this group? Are you or anyone you know a member? How would one come to be a member? Isn’t is more likely that, as with all of the best poetry, he is layering meaning and using ambiguity to allow us to place our own experience onto what we are seeing?

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Joe Bellacero (Oct 12 2018 10:22AM) : Careful with the gun more

As he shoots the hooded man (hooded so we don’t know his age, his race, his face) it is clear that the human life he takes has no value to him. But the gun is another matter, to be placed carefully in a red cloth and put away for when next it is wanted.

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Renée Ehle (Oct 12 2018 10:28AM) : The hood makes me think immediately of Guantanamo and torture--linking street violence to police violence to mass murder to governmentally sanctioned violence--we are part of a violent society, through and through. [Edited]
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Curtis Bryant (Nov 13 2018 9:22AM) : why is he acting like that
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Renée Ehle (Oct 12 2018 10:25AM) : Sudden violence, but still there's strange disjuncts in his gestures and expressions--his whole body communicates confusion, and the strange way we live contradictory lives--joy and violence. Brilliant and powerful.
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Adelphe Peralta (May 09 2018 4:32PM) : I think he's trying to show off his body in a certain manner. For example the way he dances the whole video along with the fact that he doesn't have on a shirt the entire duration of the video [Edited] more

I think this symbolizes some sort of humanity coming from him, and this is important in the context of this video because of all the problems surrounding him in the background which nobody seems to notice but all this chaos is happening and his way of coping with the issue is just dancing

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Ty'ana Banks (May 16 2018 4:37PM) : I agree that the way he presents himself throughout the video symbolizes something. more

i think as he switches places in the video whereas one moment he’s representing minorities then hes imitating the privileged has a lot to do with the fact that he looks ungroomed as a stereotypical black man on top and a racist white man on the bottom.

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Tahlia Soto (Jun 06 2018 4:24PM) : LAUGH OUT LOUD more

But I agree because he really was litty in the video and also his back I do agree many people didn’t notice whats was going on in the video.

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Md Rafiquzzaman (Oct 17 2018 9:19AM) : All the students are wearing the same uniform. more

This shows that non-whites think that black people are uneducated because all the student in this part of the video are wearing the same clothes

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Carl Deguerre (Oct 23 2018 9:06AM) : i agree that was true
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Tahlia Soto (May 16 2018 4:59PM) : When he repeated don't catch up slippin 'up over and over again and said look what i'm whippin .... more

Is that relating to the gov. like I wanna know is he playing a role of gov. how they make a plan and people see what they are doing and can’t do nothing about it because they got people covering up for them so they can get away with it.

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Jada Holder (Oct 17 2018 8:43PM) : Childish Gambino and the kids are dancing in front of all the chaos . I think he is trying to say that we dance around everything and don’t pay attention to what’s happening around us.
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Joe Bellacero (Oct 12 2018 10:25AM) : Kid backup dancers more

This cheerful murderer gathers kids behind him, smiling and happy to be part of the dance. I watch how charismatic people draw fans to them no matter how awful they may be. Make America Great Again, follow me!

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Iyana Brown (Oct 17 2018 9:14AM) : This is really good because it shows many kids in the back dancing and that's really how some people make it for their families. Dance can really help many different people that's why they come out with many different challenges every other day for kids.
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Jada Holder (Oct 22 2018 9:10AM) : The kids are dancing distracting us from the chaos that happening in the back.It show us that we have so many distractions today and forget what is happening in the world.WE dance around everything when people are taking from us as colored people.
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Lona Jack-Vilmar (Oct 12 2018 10:21AM) : Yep, this is America, police be trippin' up.... more

Black and brown men and women are executed by the police who are a part of the criminal justice system designed to protect all citizens. Black and brown folk seem to be excluded from the citizenry in this here Amerikkka.

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Kayla Molina (May 14 2018 4:28PM) : This video represents many things that are taking place in america. Many things that people dont speak on. more

Police is a whole other problem that is getting worser and worse by the day. People dont even feel safe with police. Were either victims or criminals

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Tahlia Soto (Jun 06 2018 4:29PM) : I AGREE more

Either way it go with or without police things are going to be bad because look what world we live in ,People don’t go by the rules. And by have police around dosen’t make it any better because they think their doing right when it’s really going to make people react more because of the crimes many police officer gotten away with.

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kimani ingram (Oct 17 2018 9:19AM) : You see the kids dancing but all of the commotion going on in the background. more

Childish Gambino is trying to show us that there is so much going on in this country & we not even paying attention to it. Everytime there is something big going on in our country we end up getting distracted by something else.

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Carl Deguerre (Oct 23 2018 9:21AM) : All the kids wearing the same uniform
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oghenetega Eferere (Oct 19 2018 12:13AM) : He distracts us from what's happening at the background with the dance moves. more

This explains that in the society, we ignore the most pressing issues and concentrate on the less important ones. we are being distracted too easily and don’t focus on the things happening around us; instead we’re more interested in fights between Cardi and Nicki or the new songs travis Scott just released.

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oghenetega Eferere (Oct 17 2018 9:40AM) : Gambino shows how american citizens get involved in violent roles in the communities just to go against the oppressive government. [Edited] more

This part indicates guerrilla tactics that a member of a small independent group takes part in irregular fighting,typically against regular forces. This explains how citizens of America protest on some racial and social justice issues against the government that oppresses people of color.

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Ronaysi Gomez (May 14 2018 4:41PM) : Gambino is trying to illustrate how people don't pay attention to things that are happening around them more

One of the many things that Gambino show on this video was how violence are taking over our community and society and how people don’t pay attention to things that are happening now

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Robert Dufour (May 16 2018 4:20PM) : This is a very insightful comment! more

We have many violent communities in our nation. However, I rarely hear any outrage. For instance, this past weekend (May 14th and 15th) 40 people were shot in Chicago; 5 of them died! And yet, this event was not mentioned on the news this week.

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Lona Jack-Vilmar (Oct 12 2018 10:24AM) : Normalcy in this here Amerikka...
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Jeheim Philbert (Oct 17 2018 9:14AM) : The church chior was singing get your money get your money because that's what the world is resolved around
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Jane Higgins (Oct 12 2018 10:26AM) : "Grandma told me get you money, Black man (Get yo money) more

This line always makes me think of Othello- Iago tells Rodrigo:
Put money in thy purse. Follow thou the wars, defeat thy favor with an usurped beard. I say, put money in thy purse. It cannot be long that Desdemona should continue her love to the Moor—put money in thy purse—nor he his to her. It was a violent commencement in her, and thou shalt see an answerable sequestration—put but money in thy purse. These Moors are changeable in their wills—fill thy purse with money. The food that to him now is as luscious as locusts shall be to him shortly as bitter as coloquintida. She must change for youth. When she is sated with his body she will find the errors of her choice. Therefore, put money in thy purse. If thou wilt needs damn thyself, do it a more delicate way than drowning. Make all the money thou canst. If sanctimony and a frail vow betwixt an erring barbarian and supersubtle Venetian be not too hard for my wits and all the tribe of hell, thou shalt enjoy her. Therefore make money. A pox of drowning thyself! ’Tis clean out of the way. Seek thou rather to be hanged in compassing thy joy than to be drowned and go without her.

He goes on to talk about revenge and hatred of Othello so the idea of money takes on many meanings including being prepared to fight, being ready to buy what’s needed (land), and being armed.

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Carl Deguerre (Oct 18 2018 9:22AM) : he walks in the church and shoots a the choir
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Joe Bellacero (Oct 12 2018 10:27AM) : Get your money more

No matter where, no matter how, get your money. Guns are good business and blood is a small price to pay for good business, or so it seems.

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Jeheim Philbert (Oct 17 2018 9:19AM) : He did an action from the church shooting in Texas.
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mckenzie octave (Oct 17 2018 8:05PM) : he comes into the church dancing and suddenly shoots at the choir. more

this is a representation what happened in charleston where a choir got shot in the church.

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Jada Holder (Oct 22 2018 9:15AM) : Here again the gun i carried away with so much respect.When the choir is just left their with no type of respect.
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Adelphe Peralta (May 09 2018 4:35PM) : the death of an african american choir group [Edited] more
i think this is to show the deaths of the choir group in real life and how they were murdered by an automatic weapon inside a church. This helps show that anybody and anyone can be shot no matter the place and time which is a very tragic thing happening today in america
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Lona Jack-Vilmar (Oct 12 2018 10:27AM) : No safe or sacred space for black folk in this here America more

There is no safe or sacred space for African-American in “this America” as execution can occur at anytime and anyplace at the hands of law enforcement or or the hands of a depraved gunmen.

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Joe Bellacero (Oct 12 2018 10:32AM) : Safe or sacred place more

The title of the video is “This is America” not just black America. Isn’t Adelphe right about everyone?

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Renée Ehle (Oct 12 2018 10:41AM) : This is such a scary way to grow up African-American. I can only TRY to empathize, and I'm sharply aware of how limited my empathy really is. I think.
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Joe Bellacero (Oct 12 2018 10:30AM) : "Anyone can be shot" more

Why do we accept this, Adelphe? Is there any way we can stop it? Do other countries have the same worry? Can America back away from this or does our Constitution guarantee that this will go on forever?

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Ronaysi Gomez (May 09 2018 4:47PM) : I think the reason why he show this piece was because of the church shooting [Edited] more

This tell that the church shooting really had impact the people’s thinking. I remember…

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kimani ingram (Oct 17 2018 9:22AM) : he shot everyone that was singing. more

He was symbolizing the shooting that happen not to long ago when the guy shot up the chruch.

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oghenetega Eferere (Oct 19 2018 12:24AM) : An all-black Church choir happily singing and worshipping until Gambino shot them all in a matter of seconds. more

This connects to the mass shooting in Charleston Church. where Dylann Roof, a 21 yr old white supremacist murdered nine African-Americans during a prayer service. Moreover, you notice how the gun is being handled with special care while the bodies just lie there.

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Kayla Molina (May 14 2018 4:32PM) : This video represents many things that are taking place in america. Many things that people dont speak on. more

Innocent people get killed everyday. Living regular lives. This shows how violent america is. You never know when you could go.

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Ronaysi Gomez (May 14 2018 4:47PM) : I agree on this more

because people just blind themself and they act like they don’t know what’s happening around them

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Ty'ana Banks (May 16 2018 4:49PM) : He's worried about his own well being. [Edited] more

In this clip as the lyrics “Won’t catch you slipping up” plays; Gambino shoots an entire choir then carefully hands the gun off. Out of this I’m gathering that as long as you handle the weapon correctly and fled the scene you can get away with murder no matter how many you killed or where you killed.

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Adelphe Peralta (May 14 2018 3:44PM) : i think this shows how much america feels about guns and black people [Edited] more

i think this is to show how much america cares more about guns than all african americans in the united states all due to the fact that the united states is currently more concerned about keeping the second amendment as it is instead of how all the african americans are being treated and shot everyday because of hate crimes

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Kayla Molina (May 14 2018 4:33PM) : This video represents many things that are taking place in america. Many things that people dont speak on. more

Seeing violence around the world is making by standers either start to create more violence or theyre being part of the violence as victims

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Ronaysi Gomez (Jun 11 2018 3:41PM) : I agree in that because in part of the video he show how he kill people from church more

He was trying to show us thing that really happen to people and thing that are happening now

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Ty'ana Banks (May 16 2018 4:56PM) : People blindly pick and choose which part(s) of the African American culture they want to partake. [Edited] more

While Gambino and a group of people of color are performing culture born dances in the middle of the screen, there is a ton of chaos in the background that doesn’t catch the eye immediately because the dancing is more pleasureful.

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Student Nerds Rock (Dec 11 2018 3:08AM) : 👍👍👍 more

Ah wow very interesting point, Ty’ana. I had not gathered that from my first viewing of this. Brilliant observation!

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kimani ingram (Oct 18 2018 9:18AM) : Somebody committed suicide more

Gambino is trying to show that there are plenty of people killing themselves and we seem to not doing anything about it but be singing and dancing

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Jada Holder (Oct 22 2018 9:24AM) : the kid in the background has his phone out taking a video with all the chaos. Now we live in a society were we pull out our phone to get the tape not to call the police.
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oghenetega Eferere (Oct 19 2018 12:31AM) : As i said earlier, we don't really concentrate on the important things happening around us. The students are using their phones to record the things happening around them, instead of trying to find ways to resolve the issues. more

This is what happens in the society today, when you see two teenagers fighting, then other teenagers gather around to record the fight so they could post it on facebook and their other social media platforms; instead of them trying to break up the fight.

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Ronaysi Gomez (May 09 2018 4:51PM) : this showing how kids are growing with violence more

i think that having violence in your community is causing people to know and to show violence

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Tahlia Soto (Jun 06 2018 4:32PM) : Tru more

But you have to also look at how the person take it for them to react like that in anyway to create violence.

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mckenzie octave (Oct 21 2018 12:29PM) : dancing, cops care and white horse in the background more

the white horse represents slavery and also represents the police bringing us black people down.

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Ty'ana Banks (May 16 2018 5:06PM) : A man on a horse. more

Seeing this man on a horse makes me think of a few things like when slave masters rode through fields full of slaves to oversee them or when white men rode through african american villages on horses and set their houses on fire.

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Jada Holder (Oct 22 2018 5:50PM) : The man on the horse is portrayed as death and the police car is following. He is trying to say the police would be the end to colored people.
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Jeheim Philbert (Oct 17 2018 9:21AM) : The white horse with the guy with something black is an example and he is tryna show the ploce bringing us to our death.
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Adelphe Peralta (May 09 2018 4:37PM) : childish gambino is pointing a gun at someone [Edited] more Tags: guns

i think this shows the death of someone and how easy it would be to kill someone . it also gives insight on how people are being treated in america as well as how easy it is to get a gun in your possession

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Carl Deguerre (Oct 17 2018 9:20AM) : Gambino did the jim crow pose
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mckenzie octave (Oct 21 2018 12:35PM) : pauses for a good while in a shooting position
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Jeheim Philbert (Oct 18 2018 9:15AM) : The guy that Gambino killed in the beginning shows up agin
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Carl Deguerre (Oct 23 2018 9:22AM) : He's dancing on top of the car
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Lona Jack-Vilmar (Oct 12 2018 10:30AM) : Where are the reparations? more

Forty acres and a mule…hmmm…

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Jordan Grant (Oct 17 2018 9:21AM) : Childish Gambino is on top of a car but there is a man who looks homeless to the left. more

This showing that with all the wealth that African Americans, they still go through struggles in life.

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Adelphe Peralta (May 09 2018 4:38PM) : childish gambino is running away from a group of people [Edited] more

i think this is to show how the black man in get out was doing the same thing because he was running away from the white people trying to enslave him. This reminds me of the movie get out which i think hes trying to reference by doing the same thing a black man did in fear for his life did by running away because of the fear of getting enslaved

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kimani ingram (Nov 19 2018 9:12AM) : Gambino is being chased by white people more

Gambino is being chased by white people, i feel like he’is trying to symbolize that white people are simply targeting black folks. I also think he got this idea from the movie ¨Get out¨when the guy was running from who knows what.

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Ronaysi Gomez (May 14 2018 4:15PM) : What I see on this video is Gambino running away from people. more

this is significant because Gambino was trying to show how society is discriminating people because of their color and something interesting thats i notice was that he use a peace from the movie “get out” when the men was running..

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Md Rafiquzzaman (Oct 17 2018 9:25AM) : Even though he acted all tough and all, at the end he still ran from white people. more

Even though the Black person in this video acted all tough and all in the beginning, middle at the end he still ran from white people. This comes to show that no matter how tough black people are, at the end they will always have fear of the white community.

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Jada Holder (Oct 22 2018 5:48PM) : I will have to agree with you. Through out the video he was acting like a normal black man who is strong but at the end he acted like he was gonna die if he fought back.
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Tahlia Soto (May 21 2018 3:44PM) : Why did Childish Gambino was running from the white people like that in his song ''This is America''? more

I wonder do his song at the end relate to slavery how black people use to run from there white salve owners just to get away to be free .They ran to the underground railroad to be free and to help other slave’s escape.

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THIS IS AMERICA CHILDISH GAMBINO - LYRICS

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[Intro: Choir]
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away

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[Bridge: Childish Gambino & Young Thug]
We just wanna party
Party just for you
We just want the money
Money just for you
I know you wanna party
Party just for me
Girl, you got me dancin’ (yeah, girl, you got me dancin’)
Dance and shake the frame
We just wanna party (yeah)
Party just for you (yeah)
We just want the money (yeah)
Money just for you (you)
I know you wanna party (yeah)
Party just for me (yeah)
Girl, you got me dancin’ (yeah, girl, you got me dancin’)
Dance and shake the frame (you)

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Nathaniel Bacchus (Oct 16 2018 3:22PM) : "We just wanna party" more

Childish Gambino says “we just wanna party”. Children always wanna party and they remain completely oblivious to the current events that is happening in the world. We are to preoccupied with social media and many other things.

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[Chorus: Childish Gambino]
This is America
Don’t catch you slippin’ up
Don’t catch you slippin’ up
Look what I’m whippin’ up
This is America (woo)
Don’t catch you slippin’ up
Don’t catch you slippin’ up
Look what I’m whippin’ up

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[Verse 1: Childish Gambino, Blocboy JB, Slim Jxmmi, Young Thug, & 21 Savage]
This is America (skrrt, skrrt, woo)
Don’t catch you slippin’ up (ayy)
Look at how I’m livin’ now
Police be trippin’ now (woo)
Yeah, this is America (woo, ayy)
Guns in my area (word, my area)
I got the strap (ayy, ayy)
I gotta carry ’em
Yeah, yeah, I’ma go into this (ugh)
Yeah, yeah, this is guerilla (woo)
Yeah, yeah, I’ma go get the bag
Yeah, yeah, or I’ma get the pad
Yeah, yeah, I’m so cold like yeah (yeah)
I’m so dope like yeah (woo)
We gon’ blow like yeah (straight up, uh)

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Jordan Grant (Oct 22 2018 2:55PM) : police more

The police are killing people when there job is suppose to protect and serve.

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[Refrain: Choir & Childish Gambino]
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, tell somebody
You go tell somebody
Grandma told me
Get your money, Black man (get your money)
Get your money, Black man (get your money)
Get your money, Black man (get your, Black man)
Get your money, Black man (get your, Black man)
Black man

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[Chorus: Childish Gambino, Slim Jxmmi, & Young Thug]
This is America (woo, ayy)
Don’t catch you slippin’ up (woo, woo, don’t catch you slippin’, now)
Don’t catch you slippin’ up (ayy, woah)
Look what I’m whippin’ up (Slime!)
This is America (yeah, yeah)
Don’t catch you slippin’ up (woah, ayy)
Don’t catch you slippin’ up (ayy, woo)
Look what I’m whippin’ up (ayy)

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[Verse 2: Childish Gambino, Quavo, Young Thug, & 21 Savage]
Look how I’m geekin’ out (hey)
I’m so fitted (I’m so fitted, woo)
I’m on Gucci (I’m on Gucci)
I’m so pretty (yeah, yeah)
I’m gon’ get it (ayy, I’m gon’ get it)
Watch me move (blaow)
This a celly (ha)
That’s a tool (yeah)
On my Kodak (woo, Black)
Ooh, know that (yeah, know that, hold on)
Get it (get it, get it)
Ooh, work it (21)
Hunnid bands, hunnid bands, hunnid bands (hunnid bands)
Contraband, contraband, contraband (contraband)
I got the plug on Oaxaca (woah)
They gonna find you that blocka (blaow)

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[Refrain: Choir, Childish Gambino, & Young Thug]
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, tell somebody
America, I just checked my following list and
You go tell somebody
You mothafuckas owe me
Grandma told me
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Get your money, Black man (get your, Black man)
Get your money, Black man (get your, Black man)
Black man
One, two, get down
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, tell somebody
You go tell somebody
Grandma told me, “Get your money”
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Black man

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[Outro: Young Thug]
You just a Black man in this world
You just a barcode, ayy
You just a Black man in this world
Drivin’ expensive foreigns, ayy
You just a big dawg, yeah
I kenneled him in the backyard
No probably ain’t life to a dog
For a big dog

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Jordan Grant (Oct 19 2018 3:20PM) : Money vs. Struggle more

Lots of black people in America have money to be able to afford lots of expensive things. But even though their rich they still have struggles.

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Joshua Romero Acosta (May 25 2018 8:42PM) : I still remember the time when a church was shot up by a white dude plus Gambino had used the same position that Jim Crow was in.
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Joshua Romero Acosta (May 30 2018 8:34PM) : In this part of the video it shows the instrument that the guy is playing which during the Civil Rights black people have been playing the same instrument. Also its one of the symbols that have a history.
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An Expert's Take on the Symbolism in Childish Gambino’s Viral ‘This Is America’ Video, By MAHITA GAJANAN, May 7, 2018, Time.

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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 the four-minute, single-take music video is laden with metaphors about race and gun violence in America.

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The “This Is America” video, which has already racked up more than 20 million views on YouTube, reveals provocative imagery of the rapper as he guns down a choir at one point and dances while violence breaks out all around him. Childish Gambino/Glover‘s decision to wear just a pair of gray pants without a shirt in the video, allows viewers to identify with “his humanness,” as he raps about the violent contradictions that come with being black in America, says Guthrie Ramsey, a professor of music history at the University of Pennsylvania.

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“The central message is about guns and violence in America and the fact that we deal with them and consume them as part of entertainment on one hand, and on the other hand, is a part of our national conversation,” Ramsey tells TIME. “You’re not supposed to feel as if this is the standard fare opulence of the music industry. It’s about a counter-narrative and it really leaves you with chills.”

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Here’s Ramsay’s take on four key moments from “This Is America.”

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The first gunshot

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The opening moments of “This Is America” show a man strumming a guitar alone to choral sounds. Within the first minute, Gambino shoots the man, who has been tied up with a head cover. Childish Gambino hands the gun to another man, who safely wraps it in a red cloth as the obscured man is dragged away. The moment goes right into the first rapped chorus: “This is America / Don’t catch you slippin’ up.”

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Ramsay says the timing — that this happens during the song’s move from choral tones to a trap sound — allows Gambino to straddle contradictions and also allows the viewer to identify with his humanness.

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“He’s talking about the contradictions of trying to get money, the idea of being a black man in America,” Ramsey says. “It comes out of two different sound worlds. Part of the brilliance of the presentation is that you go from this happy major mode of choral singing that we associate with South African choral singing, and then after the first gunshot it moves right into the trap sound.”

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Tahlia Soto (Jun 11 2018 10:29PM) : You can be one person describe as many people in this world. Just like how peace turns into voilence. more

it’s important for many people to know that just because somebody can commit to a crime that you didn’t do but they did with your idenity can get away with it because that person don’t want to do the time for something they commit.

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The early moment shows, too, that Gambino “could be anyone,” according to Ramsey. “You have him almost unadorned, as if he were totally without all the accoutrements of stardom,” he says, noting that Gambino dances in neutral colored pants, dark skin and with textured hair. “It’s just him, and therefore, it could be us.”

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Gambino dancing with schoolchildren amid violence

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Gambino and a group of kids clad in school uniforms dance throughout much of the “This Is America” video, smiling through impeccable moves as violence erupts behind them. The moment could be open to numerous interpretations — for example, Ramsey says, the dancers could be there to distract viewers in the same way black art is used to distract people from real problems plaguing America. But, Ramsey says, it’s better to absorb the video as a whole because America itself is a country of “very strange juxtapositions.”

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“Even though we think of popular culture a a space where we escape, he’s forcing us to understand that there’s actually nowhere to run,” he says. “We have to deal with the cultural violence that we have created and continue to sustain.”

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Tahlia Soto (Jun 11 2018 10:50PM) : Everything that's going on today happened because of our actions and how we react to the response that was given. more

it’s important to let people know that even though the sun shine ,the moon it’s away gray. what you have started you alway must finish or it will become another problem that can hold you back or breaking up down.

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The style of dancing by Gambino in the video also calls out the way we consume culture. Gambino samples at least 10 popular dance moves derived from hip hop and African moves, including the South African Gwara Gwara dance, according to Forbes. Ramsey says the use of so many famous dance moves show how ultra-popular pieces of culture lose their specificity over time as they become more ubiquitous.

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“It’s really a commentary on how much violence and contradictions there are in the consuming of pop culture, particularly in the violent elements of it,” he says. “With all the conspicuous consumption that global capitalism inspires, part of what we are consuming is this appetite for violence.”

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The gunned down choir

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Toward the middle of the video, a choir sings enthusiastically in a happy tone before Gambino shoots them all. The massacre and its quickness recall the 2015 Charleston shooting in which white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine black people in a church basement, Ramsey says. The image and what it evokes shows how people struggle to reconcile with and separate different instances of violence, according to Ramsey. As we consume violence on all sorts of platforms, be it in the news, through music videos or television shows, it becomes difficult to absorb very real instances of mass murders.

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“You can’t escape the violence,” Ramsey says. “But you’re being forced to separate how you feel about it in our digitized world. The virtual violence, the real violence, it’s all confused.”

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Gambino running away in the closing moments

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The final moments of the video show Gambino running, terrified, down a long dark hallway away from a group of people as Young Thug sings “You just a Black man in this world / You just a barcode, ayy.” Gambino’s sprint goes back to a long tradition of black Americans having to run to save their lives, according to Ramsey, who says one song dating back to slavery in the 19th century was called “Run N— Run.”

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Ronaysi Gomez (Jun 11 2018 10:27PM) : this part of the article is saying that he was trying to illustrate show what illustrate back then and how black people are getting persecute more

I think that what he/ she said is true because what Gambino was illustrating what thing that happen before and that are happening now like black people getting accuse of everything that be happening in society.

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