An Expert's Take On The Symbolism In Childish Gambino’s Viral ‘This Is America’ Video | TIME


  1. gjaddajg

    gjaddajg2 months ago

    Here's one of the real problems plaguing America:

  2. Bella Bella

    Bella Bella3 months ago

    You need to go deeper. You havent even scratched the surface

  3. Modavis Renee

    Modavis Renee4 months ago

    Childish Gambino is a “Brilliant Genius” It’s funny how saying nothing can say a lot! But showing something can mean a lot. America ALLOW POLICE to treat copper colored people HORRIBLE!!! America DONT CARE ABOUT the TRUE “Indigenous” people OF AMERICA!!!!!! MY PEOPLE BEEN PRAYING FOR AMERICA since OUR 12 TRIBES were SCATTERED AROUND THE WORLD!!!!🙏🏽🌍

  4. DogNamedCrucifix

    DogNamedCrucifix4 months ago

    Or maybe people just overthink every fucking detail?

  5. Spider Man 31

    Spider Man 314 months ago

    Your just a black man in this world... you are just a barcode ayy Thats a lyric , not that im racist

  6. Kk Plays Roblox

    Kk Plays Roblox4 months ago

    This is exactly what this song is about. Covering up the truth. This Video is a prime example.

  7. Kk Plays Roblox

    Kk Plays Roblox4 months ago

    Wow. Completely ignored the 17 seconds.

  8. Atindrila Roy

    Atindrila Roy4 months ago


  9. Mr Taz

    Mr Taz4 months ago

    Experts my ass

  10. Remnant321

    Remnant3214 months ago

    The whole video was a "distraction" , we also care more about guns than about the victims. The car scene i think translates to: Gambino in that moment is a "man who has everything"... a bunch of shitty cars once he "get's his money, blackman". It's a play on the "blackman's" struggle to obtain wealth and money, but it is an empty less pursuit. The rest this video does a good job at pointing out a lot. Such a good video(original)

  11. AngloHuscarl

    AngloHuscarl4 months ago

    Isn't Donald Glover doing well in America... current personal wealth $4.5 Million+? This is a America!

  12. Jay L

    Jay L4 months ago

    Good Luck Explaining Black Culture, it changes with the times- yet still the same. Explain the next big Reaction:

  13. Extra unOrdinary

    Extra unOrdinary4 months ago

    At the end of the day, only the artist knows the TRUE meaning.

  14. lppoqql

    lppoqql4 months ago

    THE MESSAGE IS RACISM, America is racist to black, to Asian men, to Muslims, Natives.........

  15. Harrison Gay

    Harrison Gay4 months ago

    Sheesh, lazy video

  16. [Insert Clever Name Here]

    [Insert Clever Name Here]5 months ago

    I didn't watch the video and simply disliked it because in the title it says an experts take yet it's not my take on it and I'm super smart

  17. A Pimp Named Slickback

    A Pimp Named Slickback5 months ago

    "Music expert" you mean dumb ass liberal who's views a line with yours correct?

  18. Elvishly

    Elvishly5 months ago

    I have seen a lot of these symbolism videos recently. I feel a lot is missed out deliberately so that you can make your "own interpretation". I think ultimately this the message of the video is....hey I'm gonna make you think* *really make money like everyone else.

  19. katelynn767

    katelynn7675 months ago

    Not much of an expert. Most people knew this already.

  20. Marilda Azka Azzahra

    Marilda Azka Azzahra5 months ago


  21. Zakiya Williams

    Zakiya Williams5 months ago

    His overall point of the video is how us AMERICANS get distracted so easily by social media IN GENERAL not pointing the finger at race saying who doing what

  22. mywordisfinal

    mywordisfinal5 months ago

    this a horrible take on the video. search for the washington post explanation.

  23. mafiajewishgrandma

    mafiajewishgrandma5 months ago

    Is this like a preview of the expert's take or something, where's the beef? Fucking experts these days, 30 seconds outside the velvet box to get a couple big words a half deep thought.

  24. Khan Skywalker

    Khan Skywalker5 months ago

    I don't understand. This is music? This is art?

  25. Ghebrehiwet

    Ghebrehiwet5 months ago

    Terrible expert.

  26. Ghebrehiwet

    Ghebrehiwet5 months ago

    You missed the Jim Crow lose.

  27. Michigo Moe

    Michigo Moe5 months ago

    Black Twitter found more symbolism than this come on now😂

  28. Margot

    Margot5 months ago

    White Americans are so racist (I am a white person)

  29. Tea Ezra

    Tea Ezra5 months ago

    What a pathetic attempt at interpreting the meaning behind this clip. A more accurate breakdown can be found here:

  30. Satisfied Boi

    Satisfied Boi5 months ago

    So um I found this

  31. Satisfied Boi

    Satisfied Boi5 months ago

    So um I found this

  32. I don’t have a good name But I love ariana grande

    I don’t have a good name But I love ariana grande5 months ago


  33. Big Cheese

    Big Cheese5 months ago

    Wow this video needs to be more diverse. To many black people only seen a few white... What a sad sad world we live in..

  34. zzerulia lase

    zzerulia lase5 months ago

    He genius im glad he show us this kind of art

  35. jmack619

    jmack6195 months ago

    the ultimate low point for youtube. think I'll cut youtube and bookface out of my life for good. google this

  36. Roy_Thousand

    Roy_Thousand5 months ago

    I am going to ask a serious question! Do you think outlawing firearms in the United States will stop violence between people? Keep in mind that the United States outlaws drugs and we still have people using and selling it. Also, London just surpassed New York City with the amount of murders committed, London had outlawed firearms for years!

  37. Tyrone White

    Tyrone White5 months ago

    What a shitty video

  38. Donald J. Trump

    Donald J. Trump5 months ago

    If it's coming from TIME, then it's not an "expert's take".

  39. V Villalobos

    V Villalobos5 months ago

    This is America video is really for the pseudo conscious and the fake woke.....the choir sequence mimics a manufactured news story of a crisis actor Dylan Storm Roof which perpetuates a false narrative and deception... Which is why this is only for the fake woke not the real conscious people that see right through the infantile emotions being triggered... this is America.. Edit

  40. People Kind

    People Kind5 months ago

    Absolute garbage.

  41. Artemus Over Easy

    Artemus Over Easy5 months ago

    Enjoyed the video because it paints a true picture of today's culture but what it doesn't do is offer any helpful solutions. Typical victimized mindset of many in this country. Blame someone else rather than take ahold of it yourself and spread positive change. Am looking forward to the next video form Gambino about "Steps to take to Fix America". Also- TIME: you suck at breaking down videos.

  42. Viva Zapata

    Viva Zapata5 months ago

    ppffffttttt you need to get your money back from that "expert" he ripped you off ....lmao crapiest expert ever what the hell did he come up with?? didnt even mention the white horse in the background...smh

  43. MILK MAN

    MILK MAN5 months ago

    More whinning privileged black millionaire

  44. subliminalvibes

    subliminalvibes5 months ago

    PAUL JOSEPH WATSON actually nailed it better than this pathetic attempt at a 'breakdown video'.

  45. UtaShinoBu

    UtaShinoBu5 months ago

    Literally the only ones I've seen to disagree with the symbolism, meanings, and truths behind it all are all white. Maybe try to see why people of color feel this way. try to understand.

  46. quakecon2009

    quakecon20095 months ago

    Search for "The Truth About 'This is America' paul watson"

  47. Whatisthisplace Whatisthisplace

    Whatisthisplace Whatisthisplace5 months ago

    How does one become an "Expert" in such things.

  48. Jonavun Sanders

    Jonavun Sanders5 months ago

    The expert must have failed school.

  49. Nissan GTR

    Nissan GTR5 months ago

    Of course what’s new

  50. Jay B

    Jay B5 months ago

    Thank you for nothing... Can I get my 1:31 back please..??

  51. Ratna Har

    Ratna Har5 months ago

    Why didn't mention about he smokes weed who indicated how many business cannabis lately just boom as legally mariyuana, mdical cannabis, etc... It's just ridiculous... In this MV seem the artist look like smoke weed that's why all scene seem slower then seem repeat back like nothing happened because all people just enjoy themselves in drug ... Ironic

  52. Greg Gatsby

    Greg Gatsby5 months ago

    All of that anti-gun talk is fine and dandy, until you wake up in the middle of the night, and see a large, scary dude, trying to break into your house at 3am. And then, you have to call the cops. But, you know that the police aren't gonna show up for another 30-45 minutes.

  53. Mad kiss

    Mad kiss5 months ago

    Close but this is not a black white.this is america game what he talking about.last one means we wake up but is to late the white horse means the war.angel of death that meana lot of people will die in that war or wake up revolution or what ever its goin to be .matbe after dollar fall.maybe somwthing bigger

  54. valerie

    valerie5 months ago

    The only expert here is Donald Glover himself

  55. Malaнья Russia

    Malaнья Russia5 months ago


  56. Radioactivekitteh

    Radioactivekitteh5 months ago

    this video/song is kinda what I imagine a philosophical conversation would be like if the topic of social media and how its different internationally cus distraction happens all over the globe what is it that makes THIS america Bon-fire talk, ya dig?

  57. Allenda Simpson

    Allenda Simpson5 months ago

    It is impossible to break this down in 1:31.....

  58. Athena

    Athena5 months ago

    The expert failed 🤦🏽‍♀️

  59. Bee Pollen

    Bee Pollen5 months ago

    haha "unadorned" and "accoutrements" of stardom... Whoever wrote this shouldn't be reviewing this video. Maybe get someone who's a little more in touch... lol

  60. Vortex Studios

    Vortex Studios5 months ago

    why are half the comments i see having to do with liberals

  61. Vortex Studios

    Vortex Studios5 months ago

    entire comments section: 40% "fix your black culture" / dissing the song 30% dissing the expert on the vid 20% people talking about liberals and all that 10% memes

  62. The Forehead

    The Forehead5 months ago

    I am sorry but African Americans kill each other way more than any white shooter by like 100X and they think guns and white shooters are the problem look in the mirror first.

  63. 4pharaoh

    4pharaoh5 months ago

    You are discussing subtext. Look at what is in your face: The person being executed IS America. WHAT is being machined gunned IS Christianity. THEY want America dead, THEY want Christians dead, THEY want blacks dead. THEY want us all stupid, preoccupied, and doped up. That is what this video is saying, it's very obvious. THEY are being hampered by America. TIME is part of THEM. So; is Danny Glover warning you or B.S-ing you?

  64. cute puppy

    cute puppy5 months ago

    You mean stating what's obviously seen in the video?

  65. skin tony

    skin tony5 months ago

    Damn if this song is mostly about how there WAS slaves than it should’ve been called “this WAS America”

  66. Jason Holland

    Jason Holland5 months ago

    Everybody can differ from their interpretations from this video. I just believe that Gambino is trying to show us that this country is falling in reverse and no one is paying attention until it’s too late. This is one of the most genius videos I have seen and I applaud him for it.

  67. Gypsy Gypsy

    Gypsy Gypsy5 months ago

    U forgot the Jim Crow pants shoes and movements

  68. sarah fry

    sarah fry5 months ago

    The death of the choir is the death of religion in the black community by execution! Take your nose off the picture and step back to see the whole of it...

  69. Corey Dowd

    Corey Dowd5 months ago

    I'm just so sick of the world absolutely needing to analyze every single fucking thing. Like can we not just enjoy anything or appreciate anything without dragging out the bull crap that just wastes brain cells.

  70. Franz Kafka

    Franz Kafka5 months ago

    1) The Man With The Guitar: He is wearing white and playing serene music. He is a dove 🕊 and represents peace. He is bagged, executed, and then finally resurrected as he continues to play serene music while remaining bagged. This represents Satan’s abhorration with peace and his manipulation of anything holy in resemblance. 2) The Chickens: They are white and brown, which represent disparity. They could be meant to represent opposites such as good and evil, rich and poor, or, even, Cain and Abel. 3) The Singing Choir: There are ten members in the choir, which represent the Ten Commandments. They are massacred. This represents Satan’s unequivocal hate for law and order. 4) The White Horse: Behold! a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was D E A T H”. 5) The Color Red: The cloths used to conceal the guns and the color of the car that the protagonist is dancing on is red. Red represents evil. This video is filled with a litany of symbolism that can be interpreted a million different ways. For example-and, this could be a reach, I think that the warehouse everything is taking place in could represent America, or even all of the world, but, isn’t it interesting that it resembles an empty Wal-Mart. The end is nigh and there is no physical, or monetary preparation for it. The only thing that can prepare you for hell is spiritual fitness. How you define spiritual fitness is between you and your maker 🌏

  71. alnice2g

    alnice2g5 months ago

    TRUMP 2020😍😊🇺🇸👏🏼

  72. Andres Diaz

    Andres Diaz5 months ago

    Pushing an agenda. Did anyone see the white horse with a hooded person? Death?

  73. Jake Duffee

    Jake Duffee5 months ago

    Racist Gambino

  74. Kevin William

    Kevin William5 months ago


  75. Empress Niques

    Empress Niques5 months ago

    As a black person - I think this video would've been a lot more effective if he had a Caucasian man carrying out the shooting on the choir (who were not singing praises to the most High but were talking about getting money - which btw is what a lot of the prosperity gospel pastors preach). That said - the shootings and the body being dragged away was done by black people. Also, the people dancing in the video which children in school uniforms who were mainly focused on partying rather than excelling academically and being mindful ofwhat's going on in their community. This video could easily be (mis)interpreted as being just another case of "blacks being the problem" in the mind of a racist.

  76. Devon Subia

    Devon Subia5 months ago

    I wonder if anyone has looked up the cars in this video and crossed ref with cars in police traffic stop shootings that made headlines?

  77. Alex Gray

    Alex Gray5 months ago

    Hahahaha I've read so many explanations of this video in the last week and the "expert" one is by far the least inclusive/informative. Captain obvious over here is over analyzing the blatant material and overlooking the layers upon layers of subtlety. Good job chump.

  78. Brandon Fitzpatrick

    Brandon Fitzpatrick5 months ago

    My interpretation of this is that black people are pathetic monkeys who shoot choirs and ask for money. Where's my Time article?

  79. jennifer queen

    jennifer queen5 months ago

    What in the holy fuqq??? This "expert" just said " the way Black art is used to distract." unclear, ambigous and extremely innacurate. how does that just get posted and go unchecked? Which Black art...just the whole damn lot of it huh???? This was lazy. Delete.

  80. eddie g

    eddie g5 months ago

    They forgot to add the part where he light up a blunt and the music stop to makes feel at peace then start softly with him on top of the old cars meaning we forgetting out all the evens with just a bunt

  81. dudewat212

    dudewat2125 months ago

    The choir shooting in the music video displays the societal efforts to try to diminish or eradicate the importance of Jesus Christ and the gospel musical foundations of African-Americans.

  82. Michael Thorn

    Michael Thorn5 months ago

    That dance is voodoo

  83. SpreadingLight AndLove

    SpreadingLight AndLove5 months ago

    A lot of people had things to say about his dancing and mannerisms being gay in this video .

  84. ismailadams1980

    ismailadams19805 months ago

    This is no expert opinion. This person missed so many other points in the video. Like how the pose he used to kill the guy at the beginning came from jim crows pose poster with blackface.

  85. Brody Smith

    Brody Smith5 months ago

    They call him an expert? That's not the meaning of this song...

  86. raphaell martin

    raphaell martin5 months ago

    The RACISTS America!

  87. FansSports

    FansSports5 months ago

    Very artistically done.....just Luv it!

  88. Jacob Lew

    Jacob Lew5 months ago

    I though it was, people against gun violence are causing more violence than guns


    HOMELESS5 months ago

    Wow I didn’t know this at all

  90. Skyler Gainyard

    Skyler Gainyard5 months ago

    The whole point of the video is to show what it means this is America we live in. Don't be blinded. As a black man there's so much more to the picture than you see. You would only know if your a black man.

  91. SI- LINCE

    SI- LINCE5 months ago


  92. Mammy Bluegum

    Mammy Bluegum5 months ago

    Damn dad Leroy bunch of gay ass black

  93. Johnny

    Johnny5 months ago

    I'm an expert in shitposting.

  94. EFPTOZ Ebay

    EFPTOZ Ebay5 months ago

    The 2-3 so-called expert thoughts weren't even on point.

  95. hades

    hades5 months ago

    So basically a liberal leftist video pushing propaganda

  96. Steven Miller

    Steven Miller5 months ago

    I saw a ufo in the background and gambino means Illuminati in the secret language of members

  97. Jane Doe

    Jane Doe5 months ago

    Pure satanic filth! Wake up zombies- this guy is possessed by some familiar uncleaned spirit.... change this crap

  98. heatherbotez

    heatherbotez5 months ago

    barcode=being branded

  99. heatherbotez

    heatherbotez5 months ago

    so no one can relate to South African Apartheid school children and jim crow american apartheid?