Childish Gambino – This is America. Showing the background problems of America

Childish Gambino – This Is America. Exploring America’s problems with his controversial video

Why People Beleive This Video to be Controversial

There is heavy violence during this video, at one point Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) gunning down a whole choir. Along with the violence portrayed in the video, it’s also controversial due to the message it is stating. That America doesn’t realise that their county is falling apart because of the distractions around them.

Why his Video is So Clever

Synopsis of the Music Video

Childish Gambino is seen dancing through a warehouse where he is occasionally joined by dancing school children. He kills a South African man along with a choir in the process. While he is dancing with them there are various events going on in the background, from people rioting to police brutality. The video ends as you see Donald Glover running away down a dark alleyway.

What does the beginning mean?

At the beginning of the song, you may dance along with the Childish Gambino seeing it as a new dance craze and as the song is very catchy. The way he moves is like a jim crow caricature which you would only realise on another viewing.

The introduction to violence

However, the dancing along then ceases completely, as you see him kill a man sitting down with a bag of his head on a chair. As you shocked Childish Gambino does not react and keeps on dancing. He also lays the gun as a cushion not giving any thought to his victim. The video causing joy and horror for the person watching.

Why Childish Gambino guns down a choir?

He later shoots an entire choir, only to keep on moving, supposedly in reference to the 2015 murder of nine churchgoers by Dylann Roof in Charleston, South Carolina. Thus, the dance moves are just distraction to what’s really going on in the world. The gun he uses, sort of AK-47 kind of weapon, could be a signal to the rise of terror threats and the norm they have become.

Why he is dancing with children?

He dances with children after the devastating killings again like nothing is the matter. The children look happy and do not seem to care, this can be interpreted as children being desensitised to the events around them as they have experienced them so much. This is why they just dance. The children also may represent 40’s and 50s Harlem dancers which people would deem appropriate image for blacks at the time.

Why is he running?

Many have related this to the film Get Out, comparing this to the sunken place, a mental prison for black people.

What is happening in the background?

White Horse

At one a point, a white horse is ridden across the screen with a man covered from head to toe in all black. This seems to be a reference to the Bible and the white horse symbolising that death is coming. ‘A pale horse and the man that sat on him was death, and hell followed with him’. This alluding to the increasing media of police brutality.

Battered Cars

At the end of the music video, he dances like Michael Jackson does on top of a car. The cars are inexpensive and all have there hazard lights indicating a warning. The fact all the doors open may even symbolize all the people have been pulled over by police for no real reason. Others have claimed the cars age point to the stalled socioeconomic and political mobility” of black Americans. There was also similar cars in the 1922 Los Angeles riot.

People on their phones

You briefly see people on their phones, this due to the number of times you see video’s of police brutality on youtube, facebook etc.


The video is controversial but for a good reason, asking if you would survive in America being black. Childish Gambino is a genius. His video asking us not to simply forget about #blacklifesmatter, the killing of black people by white people, police brutality and riots. He is providing a commentary on what is going on in the world, and what is going on in the world behind us that we are missing.

Let me know what you think of the video below.


Is the hope of a Two State Solution between Israel and Palestine nearing it’s end after Donald Trumps speech?

As Pope Francis has declared during his Christmas speech, ‘Urbi et Orbi, he has promoted the idea of a two state solution in the Middle East. The Vatican having previously recognising Palestine as a state. This comes in response to the President of the United States Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moving the US embassy there also. Trump stating that it is ‘Obvious’ Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. Completely going against decades of US foreign policy, angering many leading politicians such as Theresa May who see it as regressing for a two state solution rather than a step forward. Donald Trump has gone on to threaten US aid recipients if they fail to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Only furthering undermining Palestinians and Palestine being it’s own state. A two state solution looks further than it ever has before with Trumps words. As Rasa Aslan declares, ‘Their is no peace process, and their is no state solution’. Trump has only confirmed this with his recent actions.

The reaction to Trumps speech has created much needed hope in still creating a two state solution, but it still looks far away as the strongest country in the world is backing Israel. The outcry have greatly came from Palestine for obvious reasons, as they still want their capital to be in Jerusalem. Hamas calling on Palestinians to unite and protest the US recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Hamas feeling like Trump has crossed a ‘red line’ which he arguably has as no other president has went out openly declared Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital.  Mahmoud Abbas, the president of Palestine, condemning the move and is pushing for the US to not be the top peace keeper of negotiations. Furthermore, Trumps actions have angered the Islamic governments of Turkey, Jordan,, Syria and Iran, taking the side of Palestinians who believe there capital should be in East Jerusalem. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated: “It is out of despair and debility that they want to declare Jerusalem as capital of the Zionist regime [Israel]. On the issue of Palestine, their hands are tied and they can’t achieve their goals”. This speech seemingly giving up on Palestine ever achieving a two state solution. Although, Iran have said the two state solution looks unlikely, Jordan and Syria leaders, have held hope, saying their will be repercussions for the USA actions. Despite all this, Israelis have embraced the US’s ruling and having named a station after Trump in his honour.

The idea of two state solution is over in my eyes as Palestine are not tall enough to box with God. Through Israel’s illegal settlements and continuing population, Palestine is slowly deteriorating, holding onto Gaza which no one really wants and other various land. At this point in time, a preferred solution would be a one state solution but that does not come without complications also. The US would have to recognise Palestinian people,, and push for peace talks in which Jerusalem can be the shared capital of one state. Sharing the Old city and the Holy places that surround them.