The artist formerly known as Childish Gambino made appeared on Saturday Night Live over the weekend and simultaneously dropped the latest visuals for his single “This is America” which has all the fake deep kids hailing him as their “Woke” new leader. 

Don’t take my cynicism wrong. I think the visuals were polished, clean, and meaningful presented by a respectable artist. 

Directed by “Atlanta” director Hiro Murai, “This is America” is a surreal Warehouse sequence that tackles, gun violence, police brutality, misdirection, and social apathy regarding the oppression of Black America with Glover representing Jim Crow himself.

The sequence begins with a shot!

The video then follows Glover around focusing on his captivating dancing that distracts us from the dysfunction and chaos occurring around them. There’s even the symbolic Death riding a Pale Horse followed by cops while black millennials dance unbothered.

Also in the video are the massacre of a church choir and an appearance by SZA as Lady Liberty in the ending scene.

Of course the black community has hailed Glover a genius and Liberal media’s new darling, and I’ll say that I liked the video, but there are themes around the fanfare of it that I’m uncomfortable with that have absolutely nothing to do with the actual art, but in a way it does because the way we are responding to it is exactly what’s being represented.

Last week Kanye West made statements regarding slavery that many have been crucifying him for all week. I understand why those who are pretending to be mad feel they have just cause, but I also feel his words were taken out of context and ran with because there wasn’t much else trending last week.

During one of his rough draft thoughts he insinuated that because slavery went on for 400 years that at some point Africans in America had a choice in that reality. Never-mind that he added some great points about mental slavery and tapping into the power they convince us we don’t have, blacks fell for the racist liberal interpretation hook, line, and sinker. But in most of the social media arguments the takeaway seems to be that the slaves were powerless, outnumbered, and outgunned. That there was nothing they could do even if they tried {never-mind the hundreds of rebellions as well as the slaves who ran for their freedom and successfully acquired it}, but the video that Glover just released proves that while that might have been true for THEM, it is not true for US. 

I can’t say I’m that impressed with Glover’s torture porn. Nor do I think it’s AS revolutionary as hypebeast millennials will have you believe. I mean…if the actual smartphone recorded deaths of black people haven’t changed anything I doubt a video will, but it is doing it’s job. The same job that Glover is doing IN the video. We dance and let entertainment distract us from our ACTUAL situation in America. We concentrate on Kanye and provocative entertainment because it’s easier than admitting that not much has changed since slavery. Definitely not the mindset of white people, and unfortunately black people are still so mentally enslaved that the most we can hope for is woke soundbytes from entertainers. And THIS is America. Blacks harassed, policed, and executed while we dance and argue over whose the wokest.

So the irony of those praising it the most are those who have contributed so blindly to where we are. The trendy blacks who make sure we don’t miss the latest dance craze or overhype every aspect of black culture for white acceptance and our incessant need to crown entertainers as our new gods. As well as liberal media’s demonic misdirection games and their pandering to us as if they are allies.

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Donald Glover’s “This Is America” Exposes Black Ambivalence To Our Own Oppression!

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