The Message And Meaning Behind 'This Is America'

May 11, 2018

 


Atlanta’s Donald Glover has found a new level of success.

He’s an actor, the creator of a hit show named after his hometown of Atlanta, and a rapper under the name Childish Gambino.

But his most powerful statement might be “This Is America”, a new song and video released over the weekend.

 

It starts off innocently enough, with cheerful lyrics and Glover dancing around a black guitar player.

But a few moments later, Glover pulls out a gun, shooting the man execution-style in the back of the head.

This is the first of a number of visually striking images, including Glover gunning down a choir of jubilant black singers and dancing in the midst of a riot involving police.

The song and the symbols within the video have been talked about non-stop over the past few days.

 

Freelance entertainment reporter Jewel Wicker gives us her take on the video and what role musicians should play when it comes to social issues.