Childish Gambino’s Donald Glover has his shocking and ingenious message killing it at 91 MILLION views on You Tube and counting. I remembered watching a clip for the first time on Instagram at about the 2.00 min mark. I was like wow, the dancing is hot but seems a bit satirical and exaggerated. Then I saw the full video. The choir singing then getting shot I was like yep that is the Charleston Church Massacre in my home state of South Carolina being represented. I am sure some of the mainstream way of thinking folks may frown on the violent imagery , but I felt Mr. Glover. Will people say that this perpetuates negative stereotypes that African Americans glorify violence? Maybe, but please understand the violent history against people of color in this country, and how the rules get shifted when we put the dirt out there.
I think everyone is entitled to their opinion but you can’t ignore the police brutality, hate crimes, and say it does not exist. So before anyone dogs out Glover’s shock value and educating us on how we are being pacified please keep an opened mind. Keep in mind that black people emulated things that mainstream media glorified for years like Al Capone, Charles Manson. So blacks were not making all of these ‘gangsta films’ back in the day, white America was. So if you are not offended by all these classic films that displayed the same images, ‘This is America’ should not make your eyeballs melt neither. Especially when the mainstream media outlets are profiting off ads covering the same things Glover was talking about anyway. Bravo Mr. Glover. Go get your Grammy king. Check out the hidden messages and Glover’s genius putting in that work.