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

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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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SoccerStarMar . 2019-01-22
at the end he is being chased by a white crowd because he is black
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xvx. natalia . 2019-01-21
Is it just me but doesn't the girl talking look like the girl from omb
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Grace Goodwin . 2019-01-21
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The Mighty Umbreon . 2019-01-21
3:58 also notice how they are wearing masks to hide their identities.It represents how people can easily do and upload anything on the internet and no one will end up finding out who really did it
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Avaya Hughes . 2019-01-21
so is the song good or not 😂
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Brayden Mollohan . 2019-01-21
The lesson he shot at the beginning came back at the end
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vlynn82 . 2019-01-21
Apologies if these thing have already been mentioned-- First off, just to build off what Matthew Burgos said about the 17 seconds of silence-- after the pause, CG just casually walks away as though nothing happened (which is what always happens after a mass shooting). Also, when he steps on the hood of the car it looks like the window might be broken, perhaps a reference to 'broken glass' policing. Also, the older vehicles in the prison-esque warehouse I think might have several meanings. Maybe the older cars represent prisoners whose lives are stuck in time and on hold. Or perhaps they represent people whose lives were snuffed out too soon. Also, the cars have their hazard lights on. CG stands on top of one of the cars and seems triumphant-- perhaps that represents our country's ambivalence . Also, I noticed that the way he dances throughout the video sort of looks like he's doing various poses and facial expressions (like one might do in selfies that they post to social media)-- a kind of falseness of how we represent ourselves to the world, and a symbol of our shallowness. I'm sure there are more hidden messages that I'm missing.
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Mathias Juliussen . 2019-01-21
The celly part can also mean that people are blinded by the attacks by the phones and just dont want to see what is happening
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Bradley Ball . 2019-01-21
Why’d they censor out the shooting parts, when they aren’t even censored in the original video or restricted on YouTube
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mumma krazy . 2019-01-21
I hated the sing and the video because I read the messages incorrectly. After watching it I realize it's an eye opener
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Zai J. . 2019-01-20
The "this is a celly, this is a tool." I also feel like he is saying that because especially around the time the song came out all u would see on facebook or the news was racism caught on cell phone footage. Cell phones these days are a helpful tool for those that feel arent being treated fairly to prove to everyone else that there is still racism in this country.
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ZuRriX . 2019-01-20
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Christopher Mullins . 2019-01-20
Um..no offense but Gambino already said that the song is meant for the individual to interpret. So let the listeners interpret the messages. Sorry :/
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Dat Boom Guy . 2019-01-20
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Vıcente Grėy . 2019-01-20
This is kinda sad, I was born and raised in America, I always thought it was the place to be, so did everyone who lived outside of it and wanted to visit. It hurts to watch your home become satan's playground, I wonder what the people did to make God give up on America like this, cause before it topped other countries, now it's at the bottom and getting destroyed more with every day that passes. I have no idea what it's like to be away from home, but I bet if I ever did leave, no matter how bad America is, I'll still be homesick cause of all the beautiful memories I left behind to die with this once beautiful country. I hope one day America WILL be "made great again" and it'll get more tourists than ever.
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Sonia Sexius . 2019-01-20
Also, allll of the cars depicted in this video were cars outdated 70's, 80;s early 90's. Does that suggest times were not as bad back then, than now? Smdh. I cannot. Last days are comin.
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Caden Hembree . 2019-01-20
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David barnes stuff 2 . 2019-01-20
I came here from the comments on the PBS documentary The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow. PBS pretty much said the same thing but it took them four hours to do so.😊
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Mr. Q ! . 2019-01-20
How in the hell did I get to this snowflake video. I was looking for the movie gone with the wind.
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robot . 2019-01-19
why his nipples purple though
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Frickin cool Edits . 2019-01-19
I don’t know if this was intentional or not-but when he was dancing with those kids, they were in school uniforms. Usually private schools have uniforms. I saw that as a representation of how people that are rich or that don’t have it bad are blind to what else is happening around them. There were a lot if bad things happening in the background but they didn’t see it...Idk though.
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jayson murphy . 2019-01-19
I actually think you're over thinking the video.
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Frau Star . 2019-01-19
This is because of the KKK >:0 KILL THE KKK
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Kermit . 2019-01-19
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Drexden Blair . 2019-01-18
We need to snap out of the government's lie's
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Gavyn Pyle . 2019-01-18
dude this is deep
I just realized that Gambino is arrogant and so is INSIDER!
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travis ressler . 2019-01-18
Must be hard to make millions.
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Raquel Gutierrez . 2019-01-18
When they call out ur hometown Charlestown I don’t know weather to feel proud a small town is recognized or feel terribly bad that it’s being recognized for the wrong reasons
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GOC Horsemengamer350 . 2019-01-18
I feel that the running at the end is amarica running ahead of other countries
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Alex Carr . 2019-01-18
I think if these were true messages, Donald Glover would willingly tell us. He’s not the person to repress him beliefs and thoughts
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Cali Ru . 2019-01-17
We need to leave America violence racism this government shut down he warning us to stop being distracted
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Music Lover . 2019-01-17
WE need more of this!!
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Elijah Huggins . 2019-01-17
You missed that he was smoking a blunt showing drug taking
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WITTS . 2019-01-17
You missed him closing his left eye, keeping the right one open. This is a symbol of the occult, a symbol of Saturn, which you will find plastered across our country in the form of owls, cubes, six sided figures, everything... he told everyone right away, he is America and his dancing is that of a puppet. America is controlled by a greater power, and that greater power is Satan himself. The truth is out there, but your churches are just money makers. God of this world is Satan and he is an extra terrestrial. The book of Revelations is a script. Oh and Trump’s wall? That’s a Dam for when the pole shift happens. They’ll be laughing at you all while they are safe in Mexico
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Kris Sacro . 2019-01-16
Ur ugly asf
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Desolate Hound . 2019-01-16
This is the comment section.
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knjc10 . 2019-01-15
How come no ones mentioned how gay he looks
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mr. fun . 2019-01-15
I feel bad for the black folks that feel so butt hurt.Maybe since they can't figure out how to live like humans, they can become pets again
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Beau Jackson . 2019-01-15
Celli not tool means the sooting in 2017 when police killed a African American male because of thinking its a 🔫 but just a cellphone
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john box . 2019-01-14
In the end he might be running in terror from the crowds of people who have been witness to his brutality and cant take it anymore. Therefore they will kill him.
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_Kit Kat Kaitlyn_ . 2019-01-14
You ever heard it with the bakamonogatiri song .. IT'S LEGIT

It's called this is circulation
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mario rrv . 2019-01-14
Y lo de su conecte en Oaxaca ???
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Alaskan Tanker . 2019-01-14
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The Hølder . 2019-01-13
I didnt think this much thought was in this song but ok
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Jim Cringe . 2019-01-13
No, this is Patrick
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Grace Schamp . 2019-01-13
Wow Judy Garland shocked me. Welp I learn something new every day
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Lamont Wilson . 2019-01-13
i dont give a SHIT about those fuckin monkeys
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Sueda The Undercover . 2019-01-13
This is America
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Adam Fierro . 2019-01-13
Idc i still like guns
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Mathias Voorhees . 2019-01-13
Well in my country it's the opposite, we French people are being chased from our country by African immigrants.
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