Donald Glover, 34, better known by his stage name, Childish Gambino is an American writer, actor, comedian and a musician. Glover’s newest single “This Is America”, joins the second season his series ATLANTA.  He showcases a darker more sinister vision than anything he has ever done.

In a current world were entertainment is more important than justice, Donald Glover tackles Gun Control and the outrageous innocent killings that the black community goes through.  “This Is America” opens with an act of horror, where Glover shots a hooded handcuffed black execution style; this happens during the songs moves from choral tones to trap a sound that allows Gambino to straddle contradictions and also allows society to identify with humanness. He continues, reciting some of the horrific events that took place during slavery, following some of things that took place during the JIM CROW LAWS.

Common Jim Crow laws included literary tests, poll taxes and many black people being killed. The grandfather clauses, which were all restrictions on voting, meant to keep black men from casting a ballot. Ban on interracial marriage a separation between races in public and places of business were also common parts of Jim Crow laws.

Donald Glover continues to show young boys and girls in their uniform dancing, and smiling through impeccable moves as violence erupts behind them, cops cashing people, in turn proving that we are still caged by the system. Black communities often face higher rates of crime and thus want good relationships with law enforcement, but that is not likely until the U.S finds a way to address its history of using the police as a tool to reinforce systems of racial inequity.

Racial segregation still lives amongst us today, all over the world in fact. Glover goes on to further stress Gun Control in the “America”, the same police officers that are meant to be protecting their citizens in turn the people that are placing our Black brothers and sisters in prison. And if they are flooding our prisons with people of colour is no different from them hanging from tree. The bigger question remains “Does Gun Control include police officers?”

Gun violence kills more black people and urban dwellers; the everyday gun violence that impacts our communities is accepted as a way of life, innocent people in churches get killed. The government has failed to focus on black victims, especially black women and girls who are disproportionately affected by gun violence.

Our normalisation of racist violence has come at the cost of not only black lives, but black innocence. The track is about absorption, and this does not only imply to Black Americans only, but Black people across the globe. The Black individual gets exposed to so much terror and injustice. Here in South Africa we have communities of colour who have been afflicted by gun violence for decades, and who feel that their concerns have been largely ignored by politicians and the media, this difference has been jarring.

Black youth are more likely to be exposed to gun violence on the streets, which is more common according to statistics. It has been proven that street shootings are most often over turf wars and retaliation in low- income families, that substances abuse is often a factor and the shooter is more likely to have obtained the gun illegally, this is apart from gun violence that is caused by police officers.

Donald Glover, 34, better known by his stage name, Childish Gambino is an American writer, actor, comedian and a musician. Glover’s newest single “This Is America”, joins the second season his series ATLANTA.  He showcases a darker more sinister vision than anything he has ever done.

In a current world were entertainment is more important than justice, Donald Glover tackles Gun Control and the outrageous innocent killings that the black community goes through.  “This Is America” opens with an act of horror, where Glover shots a hooded handcuffed black execution style; this happens during the songs moves from choral tones to trap a sound that allows Gambino to straddle contradictions and also allows society to identify with humanness. He continues, reciting some of the horrific events that took place during slavery, following some of things that took place during the JIM CROW LAWS.

Common Jim Crow laws included literary tests, poll taxes and many black people being killed. The grandfather clauses, which were all restrictions on voting, meant to keep black men from casting a ballot. Ban on interracial marriage a separation between races in public and places of business were also common parts of Jim Crow laws.

Donald Glover continues to show young boys and girls in their uniform dancing, and smiling through impeccable moves as violence erupts behind them, cops cashing people, in turn proving that we are still caged by the system. Black communities often face higher rates of crime and thus want good relationships with law enforcement, but that is not likely until the U.S finds a way to address its history of using the police as a tool to reinforce systems of racial inequity.

Racial segregation still lives amongst us today, all over the world in fact. Glover goes on to further stress Gun Control in the “America”, the same police officers that are meant to be protecting their citizens in turn the people that are placing our Black brothers and sisters in prison. And if they are flooding our prisons with people of colour is no different from them hanging from tree. The bigger question remains “Does Gun Control include police officers?”

Gun violence kills more black people and urban dwellers; the everyday gun violence that impacts our communities is accepted as a way of life, innocent people in churches get killed. The government has failed to focus on black victims, especially black women and girls who are disproportionately affected by gun violence.

Our normalisation of racist violence has come at the cost of not only black lives, but black innocence. The track is about absorption, and this does not only imply to Black Americans only, but Black people across the globe. The Black individual gets exposed to so much terror and injustice. Here in South Africa we have communities of colour who have been afflicted by gun violence for decades, and who feel that their concerns have been largely ignored by politicians and the media, this difference has been jarring.

Black youth are more likely to be exposed to gun violence on the streets, which is more common according to statistics. It has been proven that street shootings are most often over turf wars and retaliation in low- income families, that substances abuse is often a factor and the shooter is more likely to have obtained the gun illegally, this is apart from gun violence that is caused by police officers.