Donald Glover is mostly known to the world as an actor and a comedian, famous for his role as Troy Barnes in Community or as Earnest “Earn” Marks in Atlanta.
On May 5th he released his new politically charged single This Is America, and it’s already making waves. Garnering almost 15 million views in its first day out itself, the video artistically shows the harsh reality of police brutality and gun violence that the African-American community face on a daily basis.
The video tells the story of a distracted and racially insensitive America, one very much like the land of the free that everyone perceives but there’s also a duality of mindless violence and propaganda splattered all over the background.
From the start of the video with a Jim Crow pose (a racial stereotype propagated during the 19th century that lasted till the times of segregation) to the shooting of the gospel choir symbolising the many church shootings over the last year, the video is packed with beautiful references and subtle symbolism.
The video has also been directed by Hiro Murai, also known for his work in iconic music videos of artists like Earl Sweatshirt, Flying Lotus and most famously Chet Faker’s song Gold.
Never one to shy away from speaking his mind, Glover has previously spoken about his issues with addiction in his song Sober and about how his success isn’t because of his family background in Sweatpants.