Childish Gambino's provocative This is America video tackles racism, gun violence

Donald Glover

Donald Glover

Gambino - aka Donald Glover - had himself a fantastic show, directing many of his sketches to Black American in-jokes and pop cultural references, from Migos to Oran "Juice" Jones' "In The Rain" monologue.

There is a lot happening in this video and a whole lot of conflicting imagery.

The video begins with Donald dancing maniacally and killing an innocent man with a gun followed by other chaotic scenes unfolding in the backdrop. This is supposed to represent the treatment of guns versus human beings in America.

Yes, that was singer SZA sitting on a vehicle toward the end of the video.

The actor-rapper-comedian is set to make the red carpet rounds as he's next to appear as Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story, which hits theaters May 25. He hosted Saturday Night Live last weekend. "This is America/ Police be trippin' now/ Yeah, this is America/ Guns in my area", he raps. This is America really is contemporary America - it is Glover's America, the average African-American's America, and now, it is also Donald Trump's America.

"We have, in effect, normalized black death in America", he told The Current.

And the video for it is strong.

The video sees a topless Childish Gambino moving through a warehouse pulling out all kinds of insane dance moves, but before things really get going he shoots a man in the head.

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