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Here's Everything You Probably Missed In Donald Glover's New Music Video "This Is America"

Blink and you just might miss some of these.

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Yesterday, Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover released a music video for his new song, "This Is America." The internet damn-near broke, because people were obsessed with the many layers and multiple meanings behind the 4-minute visual.

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The video looks incredible. It was directed by Hiro Murai, the same guy who, according to Noisey, has "been behind videos for Earl Sweatshirt, Bloc Party, and Flying Lotus, as well as a handful of Atlanta episodes."

Fans were shook:

Yo...if you really pay attention to that new Childish Gambino video, you will understand that he’s really showing us how sleep we really are to what is happening around us.

Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” is incredibly thought provoking. The video makes brilliant use of cultural allusions and symbolism. Not only that but the filmmaking on display is stellar. The staging and choreography is so chaotic but it all flows perfectly. https://t.co/FnQc09RiZi

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the new childish gambino track keeps surprising me 1st listen: this is sick, oh was that young thug at the end? 2nd listen: no wait young thug is all over the track actually 3rd listen: wtf did i just hear 21 savage 4th listen: i swear gambino's adding features in real time

But what got the Internet riled up are all the hidden meanings. Here are a few we found:

1. Take for example this pose, which shows the "original Jim Crow":

Childish Gambino had me shook once I noticed this stance in his “this is America” video and the lyrics #BlackTwitter. #ThisIsAmerica https://t.co/eeYfBpNzlk

2. The details were super nuanced, like the pants that Childish wore. They've been traced back to "basics of Confederate army uniforms."

Can we talk about how @donaldglover is wearing confederate army pants #thisisamerica #donaldglover #ChildishGambino

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3. Then there was that white horse in the background:

Death riding the Pale white horse while he is followed by Hell (represented by police) going totally unnoticed because of dancing and pop culture in the foreground is the single greatest cinematic message I’ve seen in a music video to date. #ThisIsAmerica https://t.co/DYaPjbvoym

4. Here's the exact Bible verse that the white horse references:

“And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.” -Revelation 6:8 #ThisIsAmerica https://t.co/E0IetLs56Z

5. The video even speaks to America's gun violence:

Good morning. America moves on from mass shooting to mass shooting as shockingly quick as Childish Gambino did in #ThisIsAmerica No long thread. That’s it. Have a great day.

6. In fact, there was a graphic scene which touched precisely on the Charleston massacre from 2015.

This scene reenacts Charleston shooting. Black people praising Lord killed for no reason. Look at the background, you see people running towards the area and "rioting" for change and cops running after them, just b/c it's their "job" #ThisIsAmerica https://t.co/sX0KqozbPU

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7. Blink and you might miss this one:

No one caught the fact that at 2:13, a man jumps to his death. It shows how we don’t care about suicide in America, yet are all in when it’s a dance/trend. This Is America. #thisisamerica @donaldglover https://t.co/OXhFMUjX6V

8. You could potentially gloss over all of the various dances and their meanings that are intertwined into the video, too:

Childish Gambino’s dance moves distracted all of us from the craziness that was happening in the background of the video & that's exactly the point he's trying to make.......#ThisIsAmerica https://t.co/7o9e0XBGld

9. Here's what Forbes noticed about the dancing:

10. None of the cars are new:

The contrast between what we normally see in rap videos versus all of the old cars in this one Forbes explains, "This is America" gives careful attention to the types of cars used in the video. Nothing is new or modern. All of the makes and models are mid- to early-'90s, if not '80s, cars. This speaks to the whole idea that a fair number of Americans aren't driving new whips; many people are pushing boxy cars that still have tape decks. Luxury vehicles often seen in rap videos are noticeably absent from this one."
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The contrast between what we normally see in rap videos versus all of the old cars in this one Forbes explains, "This is America" gives careful attention to the types of cars used in the video. Nothing is new or modern. All of the makes and models are mid- to early-'90s, if not '80s, cars. This speaks to the whole idea that a fair number of Americans aren't driving new whips; many people are pushing boxy cars that still have tape decks. Luxury vehicles often seen in rap videos are noticeably absent from this one."

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11. A lot of modern rappers and their famous ad-libs were sampled throughout the song:

#ThisIsAmerica Ad-libs I heard 0:36/2:01/3:01/3:42 - Young Thug 1:08 - Kendrick 1:20/1:36/2:42 - BlocBoy 1:21 - Big Sean 1:26 - Rick Ross 1:39/2:20/2:32 - 21 Savage 1:40 - Lil pump 2:06 - Slim Jxmmi 2:14 - Offset 2:25/2:30/2:44 - Quavo 3:08 - Aminé

12. And yes, of course, SZA was there:

Instagram: @sza

13. At the end of the video, Childish demonstrated what being a black man in America is like:

Don't catch you slipping y'all. The ending of the video though?! Even with all the beauty he may bring to the world through his art, he is still just a black man running for his life. #ThisIsAmerica

After we published our original piece, our awesome readers pointed out some more things we missed, here they are:

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14. Besides the Charleston choir shooting, there are other shootings in the video that have meanings:

One of our readers Sam Delane said, "... He shot multiple people throughout the video (and yes, the point of those shootings wasn't lost on me) but the only time police went after him was when he was smoking a joint. That struck me. In a whole video that's nothing short of a treatise lambasting the current system, that was IT. Another black man running for his life after cops are after him for smoking a little weed. This is America."
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One of our readers Sam Delane said, "... He shot multiple people throughout the video (and yes, the point of those shootings wasn't lost on me) but the only time police went after him was when he was smoking a joint. That struck me. In a whole video that's nothing short of a treatise lambasting the current system, that was IT. Another black man running for his life after cops are after him for smoking a little weed. This is America."

15. More on the chilling choir scene...

Reader, Michelle Sunde, interpreted the scene as this:"Just before he shoots the choir, he dances to their music. I took that as a nod to cultural appropriation, where people will take the bits of black culture they find amusing and exploit it but don’t give it its due credit or appreciation. Then, when he tires of the choir, that’s when he shoots them. He’s used them for what he can get from them, then just as quickly, and with complete disregard for their humanity, he dismisses them."
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Reader, Michelle Sunde, interpreted the scene as this:

"Just before he shoots the choir, he dances to their music. I took that as a nod to cultural appropriation, where people will take the bits of black culture they find amusing and exploit it but don’t give it its due credit or appreciation. Then, when he tires of the choir, that’s when he shoots them. He’s used them for what he can get from them, then just as quickly, and with complete disregard for their humanity, he dismisses them."

16. There's also a nod to cell phone culture, as people simply watch/record as violence happens:

Jordan C. Jones noticed that, "there's a group of people just watching on their cell phones, as the US has become a nation of bystanders."
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Jordan C. Jones noticed that, "there's a group of people just watching on their cell phones, as the US has become a nation of bystanders."

17. Glover also spoke to how easy access is to guns in America:

Elizabeth Ann looked at the excess of guns in the video as, "I also felt that he highlighted how easy it is to get ahold of a gun in our country. He simply held out his hands to shoot the choir and was handed one."
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Elizabeth Ann looked at the excess of guns in the video as, "I also felt that he highlighted how easy it is to get ahold of a gun in our country. He simply held out his hands to shoot the choir and was handed one."

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18. There was a lot of subtleties about guns, actually:

@BuzzFeed #ThisIsAmerica After every shooting he simply hands the gun off and walks away - showing how American's remove guns from the narrative and fill the frame with ''distractions'' such as riots or just move onto the next trend

Of course, fans took their critiques/observations super deep:

Alongside its powerful political message, Childish Gambino's "This Is America" shows how hungry people are for art that takes them seriously -- art that rewards rewatching, art where analysis enhances pleasure rather than undermining it.

#ThisIsAmerica feels like both a call to action and a dire warning. I can't say that I've ever felt that about a music video. This is the power of true artistry.

The message in Childish Gambino's "This Is America" video applies so much to Nigeria too. Dance away the BS, focus on trivial. Turn up!

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As I said on #ThisIsAmerica. He is clearly rapping (and showing) how self-destructive behavior of Black Americans is not only tolerated/celebrated, but carefully curated. It’s how this country was designed for us. It’s when he steps away (with a blunt) that he’s hunted...

Dear white people, Childish Gambino’s #ThisIsAmerica is not for you to critic, it’s not for you to judge, not for you to suggest a better way to get the message across. It’s for you to watch and listen.

Let us know in the comments if you saw something we missed.

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