Donald Glover’s (aka Childish Gambino) latest music video “This is America” is a masterpiece that is full of deep symbolism and apt social commentary, holds Spencer Kornhaber of The Atlantic. While addressing a wide array of societal issues, Glover insinuates that black music has been turned into a new form of minstrelsy to entertain the masses while African American communities suffer injustices. The video uses violence to remind of real instances of black people getting killed, such as the Charleston church shooting. It shows that in America, black people are shot and chased, resorting to song and dance as a means of distraction.
“This is America,” Donald Glover’s music video about racism in the US is not as politically revolutionary as he might think, believes Armond White of National Review. Ultimately, it falls within several talking points on the left of the political spectrum. Brandishing racism and violence against black people as a political tool has been done before. Glover attempts to copy the great black icons of the 60s and 70s that made big waves with their music, but falls back on easy tropes. The left-wing praise Glover has gotten on social media shows what audience his music is intended for. He has some nice ideas but can’t break from the liberal consensus.