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

gjaddajg
gjaddajg

Here's one of the real problems plaguing America: https://i.imgur.com/1hlMy1x.png

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Bella Bella
Bella Bella

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

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Modavis Renee
Modavis Renee

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!!!!🙏🏽🌍

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Anthony
Anthony

Or maybe people just overthink every fucking detail?

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Spider Man 31
Spider Man 31

Your just a black man in this world... you are just a barcode ayy Thats a lyric , not that im racist

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Kk Plays Roblox
Kk Plays Roblox

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

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Kk Plays Roblox
Kk Plays Roblox

Wow. Completely ignored the 17 seconds.

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Atindrila Roy
Atindrila Roy

Oaaoo

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Mr Taz
Mr Taz

Experts my ass

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Remnant321
Remnant321

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)

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AngloHuscarl
AngloHuscarl

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

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Jay L
Jay L

Good Luck Explaining Black Culture, it changes with the times- yet still the same. Explain the next big Reaction: http://www.simplyscripts.com/scripts/SpiritsOfTheSlaves.pdf

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Extra unOrdinary
Extra unOrdinary

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

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lppoqql
lppoqql

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

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Harrison Gay
Harrison Gay

Sheesh, lazy video

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[Insert Clever Name Here]
[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

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A Pimp Named Slickback
A Pimp Named Slickback

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

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Elvishly
Elvishly

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.

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katelynn767
katelynn767

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

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Marilda Azka Azzahra
Marilda Azka Azzahra

Theory

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Zakiya Williams
Zakiya Williams

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

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mywordisfinal
mywordisfinal

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

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mafiajewishgrandma
mafiajewishgrandma

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.

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Khan Skywalker
Khan Skywalker

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

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Ghebrehiwet
Ghebrehiwet

Terrible expert.

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Ghebrehiwet
Ghebrehiwet

You missed the Jim Crow reference...you lose.

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Michigo Moe
Michigo Moe

Black Twitter found more symbolism than this come on now😂

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Margot
Margot

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

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Tea Ezra
Tea Ezra

What a pathetic attempt at interpreting the meaning behind this clip. A more accurate breakdown can be found here: https://vigilantcitizen.com/musicbusiness/the-overlooked-meaning-of-this-is-america-by-childish-gambino/

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Satisfied Boi
Satisfied Boi

So um I found this https://youtu.be/s0UocHS8Xow

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Satisfied Boi
Satisfied Boi

So um I found this https://youtu.be/s0UocHS8Xow

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Moonlight Babe Ariana
Moonlight Babe Ariana

STOP. GUNS.

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Big Cheese
Big Cheese

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..

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zzerulia lase
zzerulia lase

He genius im glad he show us this kind of art

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jmack619
jmack619

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

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Roy_Thousand
Roy_Thousand

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!

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Tyrone White
Tyrone White

What a shitty video

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Donald J. Trump
Donald J. Trump

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

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V Villalobos
V Villalobos

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.. Edit

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People Kind
People Kind

Absolute garbage.

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Artemus Over Easy
Artemus Over Easy

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.

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Viva Zapata
Viva Zapata

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

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MILK MAN
MILK MAN

More whinning privileged black millionaire

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subliminalvibes
subliminalvibes

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

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UtaShinoBu
UtaShinoBu

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.

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quakecon2009
quakecon2009

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

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Whatisthisplace Whatisthisplace
Whatisthisplace Whatisthisplace

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

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Jonavun Sanders
Jonavun Sanders

The expert must have failed school.

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Nissan GTR
Nissan GTR

Of course what’s new

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Jay B
Jay B

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

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Ratna Har
Ratna Har

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

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Greg Gatsby
Greg Gatsby

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.

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Mad kiss
Mad kiss

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

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valerie
valerie

The only expert here is Donald Glover himself

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Malaнья Russia
Malaнья Russia

отлично))

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Radioactivekitteh
Radioactivekitteh

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?

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Allenda Simpson
Allenda Simpson

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

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Athena
Athena

The expert failed 🤦🏽‍♀️

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Bee Pollen
Bee Pollen

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

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Vortex Studios
Vortex Studios

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

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Vortex Studios
Vortex Studios

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

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The Forehead
The Forehead

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.

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4pharaoh
4pharaoh

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?

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Brother Bear
Brother Bear

https://youtu.be/KLwLRNqNunY

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cute puppy
cute puppy

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

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skin tony
skin tony

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

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Jason Holland
Jason Holland

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.

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Gypsy Gypsy
Gypsy Gypsy

U forgot the Jim Crow pants shoes and movements

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sarah fry
sarah fry

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...

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Corey Dowd
Corey Dowd

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.

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Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka

1) The Man With The Guitar: He is wearing white and playing serene music. He is a dove 🕊 and represents peace. He is bagged, executed, and then finally resurrected as he continues to play serene music while remaining bagged. This represents Satan’s abhorration with peace and his manipulation of anything holy in resemblance. 2) The Chickens: They are white and brown, which represent disparity. They could be meant to represent opposites such as good and evil, rich and poor, or, even, Cain and Abel. 3) The Singing Choir: There are ten members in the choir, which represent the Ten Commandments. They are massacred. This represents Satan’s unequivocal hate for law and order. 4) The White Horse: Behold! a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was D E A T H”. 5) The Color Red: The cloths used to conceal the guns and the color of the car that the protagonist is dancing on is red. Red represents evil. This video is filled with a litany of symbolism that can be interpreted a million different ways. For example—and, this could be a reach, I think that the warehouse everything is taking place in could represent America, or even all of the world, but, isn’t it interesting that it resembles an empty Wal-Mart. The end is nigh and there is no physical, or monetary preparation for it. The only thing that can prepare you for hell is spiritual fitness. How you define spiritual fitness is between you and your maker 🌏

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alnice2g
alnice2g

TRUMP 2020😍😊🇺🇸👏🏼

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Andres Diaz
Andres Diaz

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

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Jake Duffee
Jake Duffee

Racist Gambino

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Kevin William
Kevin William

“Expert”

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Empress Niques
Empress Niques

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.

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Devon Subia
Devon Subia

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?

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Alex Gray
Alex Gray

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.

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Brandon Fitzpatrick
Brandon Fitzpatrick

My interpretation of this is that black people are pathetic monkeys who shoot choirs and ask for money. Where's my Time article?

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jennifer queen
jennifer queen

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.

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eddie g
eddie g

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

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dudewat212
dudewat212

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.

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Michael Thorn
Michael Thorn

That dance is voodoo

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SpreadingLight AndLove
SpreadingLight AndLove

A lot of people had things to say about his dancing and mannerisms being gay in this video  https://youtu.be/DYJHHpt2SKg .

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ismailadams1980
ismailadams1980

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.

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Brody Smith
Brody Smith

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

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raphaell martin
raphaell martin

The RACISTS America!

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FansSports
FansSports

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

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Jacob Lew
Jacob Lew

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

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HOMELESS
HOMELESS

Wow I didn’t know this at all

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Skyler Gainyard
Skyler Gainyard

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.

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SI- LINCE
SI- LINCE

U MISSED ALOT OF SHIT IN THIS BRILLIANT PIECE OF ART! THATS ANOTHER PROBLEM DEPICTED IN THIS VID.... Y'ALL PHUKKIN' LAZY.....LAZY BECAUSE U CAN BE AND THAT IS PRIVILEGE AT IT'S TRUE DEFINITION! LOOKIN FROM ON TOP YET NEVER TRULY LISTENING TO THE PAIN FROM BELOW/ THE LOVE BELOW! GHETT CHO HEAD OUT URR OWN AZZ AND JUS LISTEN 4 ONCE! WERLD PEACE 4 A CHANGE.... STAND UP MY BLUE COLLAR/ NO COLLAR, DIRT ON URR HANDS SO CALLED SQUARES.... LET'S GO!

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Mammy Bluegum
Mammy Bluegum

Damn dad Leroy bunch of gay ass black

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Johnny
Johnny

I'm an expert in shitposting.

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EFPTOZ Ebay
EFPTOZ Ebay

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

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hades
hades

So basically a liberal leftist video pushing propaganda

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Steven Miller
Steven Miller

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

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Jane Doe
Jane Doe

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

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heatherbotez
heatherbotez

barcode=being branded

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heatherbotez
heatherbotez

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

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