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

Jesus is Lord of all!! Every knee shall bow
Jesus is Lord of all!! Every knee shall bow

There is a couple of really um, different hairstyles. Distracting to be sure.

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Keswarnath Ragbar
Keswarnath Ragbar

Hidden meanings in the video.Also steretyping a class of people in the USA. Majority of crime statistically are recorded.VIDEO is poor in taste .The tltle is wrong It should have been oppressed in america .

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Isaac Chetrit
Isaac Chetrit

Tree man is lit

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sashafortis
sashafortis

I cannot remember the originator of the quote, but I know it is pre world war II. The quote was "AMERICA IS A CONVERSATION PUNCTUATED BY GUNFIRE" At the time it referred to the US's gunboat diplomacy policy being, amongst colonial ambitions, trade expansionism and other things, a great way of steering political conversation at home. It is so very much more true today, with the 24 hour news cycle, total global coverage and communication... and with the cynical chaos at play within both social and political realms. A real debate about race and inequality...BANG...no, another school shooting. Lets all send thoughts and prayers. next! There has been a lot said about this video that I have really appreciated, as I failed to catch so much of the subtlety. But the quote I started this comment with... for me that was the thing that loomed large. that was being expressed by the whole song.

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Min Suga's Natural Hair Is Daebak
Min Suga's Natural Hair Is Daebak

3:25 "I get the point but you have to make your visuals accessible to a really wide range of people" Except that this is not only visuals, this the REALITY. And besides what Donald portrays in his MV, it's what we can see in the news

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12345 6789 10 11 12

Divide and conquer......

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Matt Ghostly
Matt Ghostly

New York seems SJW’d to hell!

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Andromeda Spark
Andromeda Spark

This wasn't just a music video. It's performance art. Mr Glover is incredibly gifted. Even people who would want to dispute him are still going to be effected. The song is really good on its own too.

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Comatose
Comatose

"This is America" .. No, this is what you turned America into.

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Prime_717
Prime_717

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

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Bijuu Clarence
Bijuu Clarence

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

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Shakerra Williams
Shakerra Williams

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

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Hamma Tyme
Hamma Tyme

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

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Irish Kid19xx
Irish Kid19xx

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

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Josie Fox
Josie Fox

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!?

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xXgodlyclutchXx
xXgodlyclutchXx

BROOOOO THE ONE DUDE LOOKED LIKE A DONKEY LOLOLOLOLL

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Wisky Tom
Wisky Tom

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

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ignorecorporatenews
ignorecorporatenews

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

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Google User
Google User

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.

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808_Gang_Germany 8⃣0⃣8⃣
808_Gang_Germany 8⃣0⃣8⃣

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

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amare bare
amare bare

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

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Joshua Rizo-Patron
Joshua Rizo-Patron

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

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Hell Flame
Hell Flame

School shooting in Texas today This is America

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Chris Simkin
Chris Simkin

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

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Decidueye the Lax
Decidueye the Lax

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

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Buddy Silver
Buddy Silver

THE BLACK HOLOCAUST JOHN W. FOUNTAIN author@johnwfountain.com 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. JOHN W. FOUNTAIN

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Joe Greenwald
Joe Greenwald

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

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Jim Butler
Jim Butler

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

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Jennifer Lewis
Jennifer Lewis

2:29 killing black spirit

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SummerJ200
SummerJ200

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.

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David Orosz
David Orosz

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.

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Kyle From a Alternate Universe
Kyle From a Alternate Universe

God damn most of them are dumb

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Big O
Big O

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

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Ka'Sean Cobbs-Walton
Ka'Sean Cobbs-Walton

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

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Kerry Williams
Kerry Williams

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.

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All the other kids with the pumped up kicks better
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks better

Those hairstyles got me fucked up

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Nate Shaffer
Nate Shaffer

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

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ShananaGnS78
ShananaGnS78

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

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James Jones
James Jones

The Song Has A BIG EARLY KANYE WEST VIBE

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Cyril Figgis
Cyril Figgis

"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.

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Cyril Figgis
Cyril Figgis

"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.

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

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Nathan Conner
Nathan Conner

y everyone got crazy hair

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Willard Jones
Willard Jones

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.

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Misty
Misty

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

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Brandon
Brandon

I saw it as showcasing black on black crime being ignored

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robert holmes
robert holmes

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

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Regina Kniprode
Regina Kniprode

rassism against whites

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Dedan Thomas
Dedan Thomas

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

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Aaron Hydes
Aaron Hydes

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

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