This is America - Childish Gambino
"Look how I’m geekin’ out (hey)
I’m so fitted (I’m so fitted,woo)
I’m on Gucci (I’m on Gucci)
I’m so pretty (yeah,yeah)
I’m gon’ get it (ayy, I’m gon’ get it)
Watch me move (blaow)
This a celly (ha)
That’s a tool (yeah)"
Where’s the meaning?
Through all the chaos that is "This is America" Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover stitches together a brilliant piece of thought-provoking work that represents present-day America. In the new visual he brings political undertones on gun violence and the black experience in America to the forefront. After watching for the first time you are left gazing at the screen searching for answers focusing on the dancing throughout the video. On second listen you are able to zero in on what is going on in the backdrop. This is symbolism for Americans paying more attention to material things and their social status instead of the greater social issues like gun violence which is highlighted in the video. When Gambino says “This a celly, that’s a tool” it is in reference to the March 18th shooting of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man gunned down in Sacramento, CA by police only to later be found carrying a cell phone which was mistaken for a gun. Gambino shoots a guitarist and a choir in two separate frames and gently places the guns in a cloth, while the victims are dragged away. This ties into the notion that guns are valued more than human life in America. Gambino does a great job in shedding light on a problem that has been around for centuries.
Should we follow the lead of our fellow countries and enact policies to have better gun control when it comes to automatic weapons in this country?
CSGV has exposed the dangers of guns in communities across the nation. “CSGV’s guiding principle is simple: We believe that all Americans have a right to live in communities free from gun violence.”
Everytown for Gun Safety is another organization in the fight against gun violence in America. They state “Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, change has been thwarted by the Washington gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives.”