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

  • Published: 09 May 2018
  • Childish Gambino's 'This Is America' has become an overnight cultural phenomenon. The internet was quick to point out tons of hidden messages throughout the piece. Here's some you've might have missed.

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Comments • 28 116

  • Connor Johnson
    Connor Johnson  10 hours back

    donald glover is a genius.

    • Patricks Pickle
      Patricks Pickle  11 hours back

      Jim Crow is scary lookin

      • ShortGuy And Fat
        ShortGuy And Fat  16 hours back

        I think that the musician in the beginning had to die be cuz he was to happy, and that's your America

        • Bonnie the bunny
          Bonnie the bunny  1 days back

          I think this is the purge or something because you can see people falling of things with other people chasing others and you can see police cars empty with sirens

          • My wig got -TWICE Snatched editor

            U be looking like my friend.

            • Little Penguin
              Little Penguin  2 days back

              I though that the cells part was that the cellphones were a tool to distract from the violence

              • Liam Stanley
                Liam Stanley  2 days back

                Regular sweatpants
                Insider: *this was part of WW2*

                • Blonski
                  Blonski  3 days back

                  Just a bunch of anti America liberal BS

                  • Ro Man
                    Ro Man  3 days back

                    This video is almost like Rammstein - Deutschland. A master piece

                    • KENNEDY LIBERTY
                      KENNEDY LIBERTY  4 days back

                      The day we stop referring to each other as Black will mark the beginning of a triumphant nation

                      • My Web
                        My Web  4 days back

                        What an intelligent presentation

                        • 408fu
                          408fu  4 days back

                          I agreed with MOST of what she was saying but did she really say "unjustly" keep blacks in incarceration? Let me guess blacks don't commit ANY crime the mean bully white man has nothing better to do then toss blacks in prison. Give me a brake.

                          • James is a James
                            James is a James  5 days back

                            I only know he flexing his muscle

                            • Maribel Soto
                              Maribel Soto  5 days back

                              Dude she knows

                              • Camdon Burcham
                                Camdon Burcham  6 days back

                                Guns don’t kill the shooter dose

                                • sorena selmi
                                  sorena selmi  6 days back

                                  you missed him doing the hype dance in 2:14
                                  that means fortnite=america

                                  • PRJ MAX
                                    PRJ MAX  7 days back

                                    No Brown livecounts brown people came to America before the white people I only see in America white people counts and now black people count s 😂 what about me we get so many got killed people and we were slaves to and got kicked out from us for a long time but black people got free sex and. Stays in America and a little slave and very very small killed less than brown ppl when they here lol 😂
                                    America tell us the white is the richest and the black is the purse that's why people have to say black people live counts no one wants to be racist
                                    America lies black people they are not the poors brown people are the poorest people for 2020 brown people life counts to

                                    • hunn20004
                                      hunn20004  1 weeks back

                                      3:38 "how red america values guns over human lives"
                                      Really? I thought it was like how after every mass shooting the politicians "Start to finally notice" the guns, and try to quickly take them away.
                                      The red could symbolize the socialist dream of finally having the monopoly on violence. As Gambino represents America, i'd think that would be more accurate? Otherwize they wouldn't have taken the gun away, but only covered it up.
                                      But the problem isn't the guns.
                                      Britan thought the problem was knives.
                                      But the problem werent the knives.
                                      Australia had finally gotten rid of guns with their buyback program.
                                      But people bought new guns, and the gun crime statistic did not rise with the purchase of guns.

                                      Guns are a diversory tactic, to get your mind focused on one thing.
                                      Will poverty be solved by taking away guns?
                                      Will mental health issues dissappear with guns?
                                      Will people finally stop shitting in the street in LA when you finally take away guns?
                                      Will China close its Concentration and re-education camps for muslim Uyghurs when you take away guns?
                                      Will Turkey and Saudi Arabia stop subverting your culture by creating their own voting blocks, directly influencing your democracy by a foreign power when you take away guns?

                                      Guns do not kill people, but it sure helps. Meanwhile, we should look more at the one who pulled the trigger.
                                      Criminals do not care about laws. What will you do when a criminal goes to jail for posessing a gun? Throw him in jail? They are more like crime education universities than places of correction.
                                      And he usually has a gun for a reason. Will you just keep adding years on his sentence? Possession of drugs, stolen vehicle, driving while under influence, AND OH HEAVENS FORBID HE HAS A GUN!

                                      Will you pay for his Netflix subscription too while he is incarsirated? Its not like all the judges fill jails so they would have free labor....unlike a certain democratic politician/Presidentsial candidate.

                                      • Alberto Portugal
                                        Alberto Portugal  1 weeks back

                                        What do I care for this fool dancing with no shirt on. Read a book

                                        • Seedot Gaming
                                          Seedot Gaming  1 weeks back

                                          Basically making fun of America

                                          • Abraham B
                                            Abraham B  1 weeks back

                                            I the begging here close because u can here the backround saying I know u want to die or girl u gotta die

                                            • Shane Weïlshësër
                                              Shane Weïlshësër  1 weeks back

                                              Ah, yes, Confederates also had eyeballs. "Coincidence, I think not"

                                              • MustyPlayz
                                                MustyPlayz  1 weeks back

                                                that's aadam

                                                • Dave
                                                  Dave  1 weeks back

                                                  This is a pretty terrible, off-the-mark analysis.

                                                  • I like Bleach
                                                    I like Bleach  1 weeks back

                                                    Sad we had about 22 mass shootings this year

                                                    • Joseph Khan
                                                      Joseph Khan  1 weeks back

                                                      You stink. You will burn in hell 😈🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

                                                      • Joseph Khan
                                                        Joseph Khan  1 weeks back

                                                        He will

                                                        • Sticky Hands
                                                          Sticky Hands  1 weeks back

                                                          Man black people acting like they the only ones who deal with cops being unfair. This ain't the 80', cops be shooting everyone now.

                                                          • Jef Zak
                                                            Jef Zak  2 weeks back

                                                            He doesn't say this is a celly he says watch me move this will SELL IT that's a tool referring to entertainment industry serving as a distraction/forcing consumerism

                                                            • Handicap YT
                                                              Handicap YT  2 weeks back

                                                              mk so she said cell blacks are a way to seperate incarcerated blacks?

                                                              • Snethemba Nkosi
                                                                Snethemba Nkosi  2 weeks back

                                                                in the end they were out to get him because he stopped performing

                                                                • Leanne Martis
                                                                  Leanne Martis  2 weeks back

                                                                  There was so much thought put into every single second of this video. It isn't given enough credit wow

                                                                  • Joe
                                                                    Joe  2 weeks back

                                                                    So he is America and He is doing the distracting.

                                                                    • ShadowReaper
                                                                      ShadowReaper  2 weeks back

                                                                      He a black too

                                                                      • guadalupe h
                                                                        guadalupe h  2 weeks back

                                                                        what did sza represent?

                                                                        • King Nameless
                                                                          King Nameless  2 weeks back

                                                                          A couple statements seem to be stretch but overall your spot on

                                                                          • RareWareHero
                                                                            RareWareHero  2 weeks back

                                                                            Correction* Red America Does not value (Guns, firearms, (whatever name you prefer) More than Human lives. This statement is wrong on so many levels. Yes everyone is entitled to their own opinion, However it’s easy to see that a Gun alone, cannot kill a human being. Only a human being can kill another human being. Guns are put in our possession, as way of protection, Yes there is shady ways of how easily a gun can be obtained, but most are Illegal acts. This all relates back to The 2nd Amendment Of Our Constitution. People that use guns for wrongful reasons such as, Burglary, mass shootings, murder, or in any non-protective manner can easily be prevented. Firearm carriers, pawn shops, (any hunting outlet), could easily be put under law to do background checks, to be able to pass a test. And even be required to take a Gun safety class, could drop these death rates to little to none. But you will never see these laws, or requirements in America, as the higher powers want the bigger majority on their side, even if it means agreeing to get more votes, or spread their names. This is all just a ploy. Same with The Coal Industry. President Donald trump promised many unemployed Coal miners, Jobs and promised to Bring back Coal jobs to America. When looking at a current Coal Business Rate, we see that Coal rates were actually higher when President Obama was in office, (Who mind you, was completely against Coal mining) then when Our current president Donald trump has in his past term. Once again it was all just a ploy to get more votes, more word spread in false ways. It’s just like any other corrupt person in the world we live in today. Please don’t be ignorant people, no matter what side your on.

                                                                            • Divine Truth1
                                                                              Divine Truth1  2 weeks back

                                                                              This is the usual illuminati bs, check out the legs on the kids behind him dancing, thin as sticks, chameleon shapeshifters the lot of them.

                                                                              • jar mar
                                                                                jar mar  2 weeks back

                                                                                I hate white people!

                                                                                • FBI QUANTICO
                                                                                  FBI QUANTICO  2 weeks back

                                                                                  The comments are more woke than the video

                                                                                  • Subscribe To Novekye
                                                                                    Subscribe To Novekye  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Or maybe it’s just a song...?

                                                                                    • Alora Russell
                                                                                      Alora Russell  2 weeks back

                                                                                      But I realize that the dude he shot is at the end doing the same thing again

                                                                                      • Cromblez • 43 years ago

                                                                                        4:10 is a trigger for me. THAT IS A TOYOTA. TOYOTA IS JAPANESE. NOT AMERICAN.

                                                                                        • Bill Cenne
                                                                                          Bill Cenne  2 weeks back

                                                                                          most common everyday black people do not relate to any of this bull. it's just a really bad rap song.

                                                                                          • m rodri
                                                                                            m rodri  2 weeks back

                                                                                            Oh man, I know blackface is terrible but I'm never prepared for just how terrible it is when you actually see real minstrel shit.

                                                                                            • pirlo garcia
                                                                                              pirlo garcia  3 weeks back

                                                                                              All these interpretations remind me of my English literature lessons xD

                                                                                              • TrunksCell 125
                                                                                                TrunksCell 125  3 weeks back

                                                                                                To me in the end when Young Thug says "America, i just checked my following list an, you muthafuckas owe me" and Gambino starts dancing when the choir says "Get your money black man"... I believe thats nod to how when we as people get a small part of the problem fixed we begin to be ok an forget larger problem at hand.

                                                                                                For example, i give 25k when i owe you 50k but you're to happy about getting the money you got that you forget the rest of the money they owe you.

                                                                                                • Jonathan Berman
                                                                                                  Jonathan Berman  3 weeks back

                                                                                                  Remember, there are many places in the world, where if you sang and recorded a song like this you'd be jailed or killed.

                                                                                                  There are real, serious problems in America, but we are very fortunate to live here.