During the past weekend, Donald Glover took to stage to debut his latest single – “This Is America.” He performed brilliantly and the online track as well as the official music video was released after this performance. The music video has generated a lot of buzz as it is basically a social commentary on the current issues like racism, police violence, and gun crime that are prevalent in America.
The realities depicted in the video got it more than 36 million views on YouTube so far, but it has also sparked the debate as it hits the realities of the US bang-on. Glover has put on a one-man show in the video. He dances as a grinning, shirtless man in the video in a giant warehouse.
The viewers interpret the drab warehouse with white beams as country’s foundation, which was built not only on systemic white supremacy but also oppression. The chaos and the violence unfold behind him and at times he enacts it in the video. The video also shows black school children occasionally.
The opening shot of the video shows actor and musician Calvin The Second playing as a guitarist. He actually confused the viewers who took him to be the father of Trayvon Martin. Trayvon was the unarmed black teenager who was shot dead in 2012 in Florida by George Zimmerman.
Calvin The Second wrote on Instagram – “Got the call from one of my agents while up at Coachella that they wanted me for the shoot on Sunday, drove down and got to be a part of history.”
Right from the gun violence to a looming apocalypse, the latest music video by Glover has left the viewers with a lot to unpack.