Hidden Meanings Behind Childish Gambino's 'This Is America' Video Explained

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TruePowerIsMine - Πριν 9 ώρες
Great video.
shane lauer
shane lauer - Πριν 10 ώρες
I don’t get it. There is nothing hidden in this video. The bottom line of this video is all white people are racist and cops kill any black person they can.
danis wara
danis wara - Πριν 13 ώρες
What if all things that you mentioned is just unintentional. After all the meaning behind the video itself didn't made any particular story
darrell gillespie
darrell gillespie - Πριν 13 ώρες
Or when he says "this a celly" he means that the world is set up in such a way that we don't have a way to get out of it.
KILLER GAMER2 - Πριν 15 ώρες
Is that real shoting
awesome Mario 64
awesome Mario 64 - Πριν 15 ώρες
j v
j v - Πριν 17 ώρες
Great book report. See me after class.
X sniperrzXx
X sniperrzXx - Πριν ημέρα
Don’t get why they made the screen black when he shot the gun but yea i know he shot someone BUT ITS FAKE!
Krosit The Dragon
Krosit The Dragon - Πριν ημέρα
Could this mean his songs will have a story?
Krosit The Dragon
Krosit The Dragon - Πριν ημέρα
Could this mean his songs will have a story?
Redstone Rekkerz
Redstone Rekkerz - Πριν ημέρα
1:39 hype
Link Anater
Link Anater - Πριν ημέρα
When he says I’m on Gucci im so pretty he is talking about how people always need to have nice stuff to be pretty and will kill to have it
M4x Chillax
M4x Chillax - Πριν 2 ημέρες
Did anyone notice a dancer doing the mask off dance??
Zoeyeliza Hernandez
Zoeyeliza Hernandez - Πριν 2 ημέρες
At one point a cat and a chicken were together and normally the cat would eat the chicken. That says that people should treat each other equally
george kontalexis
george kontalexis - Πριν 2 ημέρες
Will you stop this shit with the slavery thing about blacks how many years do you think we can handle this? If you want to end slavery once and for all try to fix the problems the native americans have !
Nadya Tioriman
Nadya Tioriman - Πριν 3 ημέρες
Its sounds funny
But the meaning is dark 🙃
Thay Almeida
Thay Almeida - Πριν 3 ημέρες
In 1:05 i believe that he is imitating Uncle Ruckus from the boondocks...
Dr3adL0rdhg - Πριν 3 ημέρες
This video is biased towards black people. It tries to make it like black people are the victim from places in the lyrics and video where that’s not the issue
Frosty Ghost
Frosty Ghost - Πριν 3 ημέρες
This shit is so gay.....
Tyler Mateaki
Tyler Mateaki - Πριν 3 ημέρες
Towards the end the people dancing run and they have school uniforms on and the man acts as if he has a gun and I think that says school shootings
The Bella is awesome
The Bella is awesome - Πριν 3 ημέρες
0:26 lmao caracachr
Saniyahqueenofhearts matthew
Saniyahqueenofhearts matthew - Πριν 3 ημέρες
this is not true
Colton McConathy
Colton McConathy - Πριν 3 ημέρες
This is a bunch of bullshit
Colton McConathy
Colton McConathy - Πριν 3 ημέρες
Bro they are just literally grey pants
PeterLambert2211 - Πριν 3 ημέρες
As a white guy can I ask, why is it so hard to escape America like you are saying Gambino is trying to do at the end of the video. What does it mean to escape America? Are you talking about leaving the country? Are you talking about escaping the culture or the past? Aren't we all trying to do that, and does continuing to bring the past up make it harder or easier to escape it? How much responsibility does the black community have for their own unhappiness and oppression? Is it 0 %? 50%? 100% All of points you are trying to make seem like smoke and distractions that fall apart under the lightest scrutiny. Please educate me.
Official Maxwell Armstrong
Official Maxwell Armstrong - Πριν 4 ημέρες
Who ever isn’t dancing like him he kills them
Remas Gweli
Remas Gweli - Πριν 4 ημέρες
That guy who he killed is alive and he killed him so how is it right and how is he alive
Tyebskeleton - Πριν 4 ημέρες
By the way I think why the song name is this is America because the horse guy looks like Paul Revere to me
MyRedPony1 - Πριν 4 ημέρες
"This a celly, that's a tool" is about the murder of 22-year-old black man, Stephon Clark, who was shot dead in his own backyard earlier this year b/c LE assumed he had a gun when he really only had a cell phone.. Your explanation of that part is not accurate.
Also, pleas read the comment under min by Matthew Burgos.
C- Lo
C- Lo - Πριν 4 ημέρες
Play along.
Kevin Hermoso
Kevin Hermoso - Πριν 5 ημέρες
3:39 thats a RED cloth?!
Dough Dough Pie
Dough Dough Pie - Πριν 5 ημέρες
His into da puuuurgee😂
LOVINCER OKELLO - Πριν 5 ημέρες
Chesney Brown
Chesney Brown - Πριν 5 ημέρες
Along with "guns in my area" meaning the amendment "the right to bear arms"
Anon Ymous
Anon Ymous - Πριν 5 ημέρες
Gambino is a race baiter.
You know how black children are disadvantaged in America?
The 79% of them born to single black mothers. Take responsibility for your actions.
p.s. Blacks are destroying South Africa.
Matthew Bittenbender
Matthew Bittenbender - Πριν 6 ημέρες
It seems strange that “a moment of silence” is marked with a hit off of a joint. Wouldn’t getting high make this moment less reverent? What is he saying by conflating those messages?
Manly O'ger
Manly O'ger - Πριν 6 ημέρες
This is some bullshit. Clicked off after the celly part.
Nayeli Galvan Melgoza25
Nayeli Galvan Melgoza25 - Πριν 6 ημέρες
In the bible there is four horses the pale one is a sign the worlds going to end
Nayeli Galvan Melgoza25
Nayeli Galvan Melgoza25 - Πριν 6 ημέρες
Yea you missed that when it is silent and in the being we're the 17 second you hear people screaming and then 17 seconds of silence
Kat Swanson
Kat Swanson - Πριν 6 ημέρες
he really put thought into this video and how America is falling apart by the second
tetrahedron mind over matter
tetrahedron mind over matter - Πριν 6 ημέρες
Everyone eats not just the few 666 burn all down if you want to be free
tetrahedron mind over matter
tetrahedron mind over matter - Πριν 6 ημέρες
Money a lie
tetrahedron mind over matter
tetrahedron mind over matter - Πριν 6 ημέρες
You enslave yourselves to know the truth you need to be the truth
N. H. M. D.
N. H. M. D. - Πριν 6 ημέρες
2:18 The Gwara Gwara looks like that one dance in the chorus of Idol. Any army's agree??
Abyss Games
Abyss Games - Πριν 6 ημέρες
this is true, or he's high on every drug
Michael Scott
Michael Scott - Πριν 6 ημέρες
IDK maybe I'm reading more into it, but the dancers who join him all look like school kids in uniform, but every time they come into the scene they quickly move out of focus or are panned away from so we don't pay much attention to them (education).
Chris Bezerianos
Chris Bezerianos - Πριν 6 ημέρες
This is not only America but the whole world is like he'll,though America's the worst,just face it I'm not lying. And I said THE WHOLE WORLD IS LIKE THAT!
Tuna Kutsi Güler
Tuna Kutsi Güler - Πριν 6 ημέρες
Its a overnight meme phemonenon
Savannah Gregory
Savannah Gregory - Πριν 7 ημέρες
This is deep
Glossyomg45 - Πριν 7 ημέρες
The Jim crow picture looks straight out of a nightmare 1:53
DeAndre Lewis
DeAndre Lewis - Πριν 7 ημέρες
You guys watch people too much jesus
MikeMatt Akins
MikeMatt Akins - Πριν 7 ημέρες
Pretty good song
Isaac Hoque
Isaac Hoque - Πριν 7 ημέρες
Do twenty øne piløts
Dil Howlter
Dil Howlter - Πριν ημέρα
Wendi Tosta
Wendi Tosta - Πριν 7 ημέρες
One of the hidden messages that you missed is the fact that black on black crime is no where in the video. The other hidden message you missed is the fact that the KKK were orchestrated by the Democrats... You also missed the hidden message about the Civil War and what actually took place and who wanted to keep slavery intact. You also missed the hidden message at the fact that Childish Glover only portrayed the bullshit lies spread in the black community, I'm thankful for men and women like Candace Owens, Pastor Darrell Scott, Kanye West, Sherriff Clark, Herman Cain, Harris Faulkner and sooo many other amazing black conservatives who are destroying the centuries old black agenda.
This IS America... and in America, you get what you give. It's an embarrassment that he used "Gambino" in his stupid nick name, Don Carlo would condemn that indefinitely. This message is a lie... Theres NOTHING anyone can say to change that fact.. So go ahead and comment your shitty bullshit repetitive rhetoric to me. You're STILL going to be so full shit just like moron Glover in AMERICA'S eyes..... 😂🤣😂🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
Chinegirl Gbelee
Chinegirl Gbelee - Πριν 7 ημέρες
Hi people scrolling down the comments
Cringley 1
Cringley 1 - Πριν 8 ημέρες
*it's Nerf or nothing*
Daniel Olivier
Daniel Olivier - Πριν 8 ημέρες
Am from West Africa
Pastel Trash
Pastel Trash - Πριν 8 ημέρες
America explained
jane harrap
jane harrap - Πριν 8 ημέρες
Such a great run down even though I got it through dance. Dance is a very powerful tool. At the right time place an era we shouldn't have to explain ourselves! just breath and believe
ShyvulnerableTeddy - Πριν 8 ημέρες
People of colour complain that wear are racist for not involving black people into movies and music videos but when they create music videos with no view of white people at all it not seen as racist. We have to involve black people but black people don't need to involve white people. They are using the slavery of ancestors, not them as an escape goat for everything to be honest they need to find a new reason becaise it's getting old and people are gonna start ignoring their perfetic please. That is why the wolf ate the boy because he kept using the wolf as a tool to scare people. Don't come crying when people have enough of this and don't help any more. And I'm not saying all racism agiast back people is right I'm just saying some people lie and try get people to feel sorry for them. Stop using you ancestors pain and suffering and your skin colour a reason for you perfetic escuses. As you've seen nazis used the Jews as an escape goat see where that got them. Learn from the past not make it rise again.
Qazu G
Qazu G - Πριν 8 ημέρες
2:35 Orange Justice?
Beepo McCarter
Beepo McCarter - Πριν 9 ημέρες
This is one of the most brilliant and poignant videos ever made. Donald Glover's attire, his movements, even his facial expressions are all a representation of the Jim Crow, Blackface era, leading into and touching on the history. Along with progression into the future as to how we see ourselves as a society and how the black community sees and represents themselves. This is a brilliant, I cannot emphasize how brilliant, of a music video that has ever been made. It can be broken down repeatedly there are so many things that he put in this video that are so important, to the history of the black community and to the history of America.
Tristan Willstout
Tristan Willstout - Πριν 9 ημέρες
that black screen over the first gunshot made it so much better lol
Alice Jitter-Feet
Alice Jitter-Feet - Πριν 9 ημέρες
The school kids reminds me of African school kids who played a big part in fighting and dying to end aparthied
P ES - Πριν 9 ημέρες
Talk about form over substance, and searching for depth where there is none.
Ronnie Gonzalez
Ronnie Gonzalez - Πριν 9 ημέρες
Lets not forget about black on black crime.
A g
A g - Πριν 9 ημέρες
All the cars in the end of the scene are cars cops usually profile and pull over
Bad boy
Bad boy - Πριν 9 ημέρες
It has tooo much logic to understand
Krystal Hittle
Krystal Hittle - Πριν 9 ημέρες
Did y’all see the chickens in the background in one of the scenes... at 2:17 they were pointing out the dance called the Gwara Gwara and behind Gambino and the people Is a white chicken and a yellow chicken
John Suggs
John Suggs - Πριν 9 ημέρες
I have to disagree with you. As a black man who grow up in a poor community, this looks like our community. Money and power is really what matters. The black community is its biggest enemy. We shoot and kill each other in a higher right than anyone. We need to fix our culture, dr Martin Luther King would be so upset with us.
Turtle Man
Turtle Man - Πριν 10 ημέρες
The meanings really scared me man, i had to click out to check my back lol
Faded - Πριν 10 ημέρες
Alexa Villarreal
Alexa Villarreal - Πριν 10 ημέρες
At the end you can seem him lighting a blunt and see the man he shot and a female
Alexa Villarreal
Alexa Villarreal - Πριν 10 ημέρες
As this is going on I assume this is a way of showing drug abuse in a way I’m not too sure
Riko Valentine
Riko Valentine - Πριν 10 ημέρες
Until I hear it from him, I can't agree
doret21 - Πριν 10 ημέρες
Def not to gain social media followers lol #shewrongforthat
Kai Chambers
Kai Chambers - Πριν 10 ημέρες
The tattoo on his right arm says “get out of America WW3 is here” referencing current politics
Super Blob/Nebulous
Super Blob/Nebulous - Πριν 11 ημέρες
Also realize, the moment he stepped on that car it immediately went off, which causes other cars to go off. Could this mean racism against the black is their quick assumption, or blacks are the immediate target?
Vien Tran
Vien Tran - Πριν 11 ημέρες
Have you considered the possibility that “This a celly, that’s a tool” might just mean we care about our cellular devices like crazy even though they’re just tools? So basically it’s the common “nowadays we’re materialistic”. Of course it’s a matter of perception. Just my view.
Blue Cookie
Blue Cookie - Πριν 11 ημέρες
3:38 I didn’t see his arm for a sec 😂
iiGhost_ly :
iiGhost_ly : - Πριν 11 ημέρες
of course y’all ppl gotta think Of super accurate shit to use on This Is America how original and them somehow get it taken down...
Fenrir der Götterschreck
Fenrir der Götterschreck - Πριν 12 ημέρες
German cars are better anyway :)
Jonty Bernardo
Jonty Bernardo - Πριν 12 ημέρες
I know he's black but can u say it nicer
Jonty Bernardo
Jonty Bernardo - Πριν 12 ημέρες
Kawaii unicorn Girl
Kawaii unicorn Girl - Πριν 12 ημέρες
You should now watch this is America *TWO*
The Awkward Wolf
The Awkward Wolf - Πριν 12 ημέρες
The opinions are strong with this one
Sarai Garcia
Sarai Garcia - Πριν 12 ημέρες
Im the only one thath its scared about the video
Arpita Patel
Arpita Patel - Πριν 12 ημέρες
R D - Πριν 13 ημέρες
Very talented young man.
Luca Pontes
Luca Pontes - Πριν 13 ημέρες
I saw someone on twitter talk about a black man who was shot dead as his cellphone (celly) was seen as a weapon (tool) by an officer. Could also be referenced by the this a celly that's a tool line.
David Zapata
David Zapata - Πριν 13 ημέρες
The 17 seconds of silence means the 17 students that got shot in Florida
【Pleasingly aesthetic 】
【Pleasingly aesthetic 】 - Πριν 14 ημέρες
I just want to say, those students can freaking dance!
Jacob G
Jacob G - Πριν 14 ημέρες
“Red America values guns over lives” if anyone thinks that you must not be paying attention... Taking away guns makes people easier targets (people will get guns illegally still) so more people that can be trusted with them should have them to prevent these shootings. When there’s a massacre most of the time it’s in a gun free zone or there simply isn’t anyone with a gun or willing to use it to defend innocent lives. Think.
Real Slow One
Real Slow One - Πριν 14 ημέρες
I just like all the jokes that came from it
riely rufino
riely rufino - Πριν 14 ημέρες
0:33 - 0:37 : when you're at 10 hp running from the storm
IMX Impixilize
IMX Impixilize - Πριν 14 ημέρες
no one has noticed that every car has been broken into
IMX Impixilize
IMX Impixilize - Πριν 14 ημέρες
the way she says character
Low End Gamers
Low End Gamers - Πριν 14 ημέρες
Some things you missed:
He killed a bunch of people, and nobody cares, but he smokes a joint and cops chase him down.
There are 17 seconds of silence after the hand gun symbol, for the 17 killed in the Florida shooting.
The beginning part is a reference to 9/11
"Don't catch you slippin'" is said because if you slip in todays society, you're fucked for the most part (at least in America).
Dwi Rahman Soleman
Dwi Rahman Soleman - Πριν 15 ημέρες
I was distracted by the dance. I wasn't even know there's a horse in the background.... shit
BRAVOZULU DWEST boathouse - Πριν 15 ημέρες
why did the video never show watermelon or fried chicken?
BRAVOZULU DWEST boathouse - Πριν 15 ημέρες
all black should excape evil racist america they should all return to mother africa being surrounded by fellow blacks will make them safe far away from the evil slave owning whites a movement should happen to return all africans to safety back to africa