On May 5, Donald "Childish Gambino" Glover, an actor and rapper, released his new song, "This Is America," which has climbed to the top of the US and Canadian Hot 100 charts. To date, the music video has been viewed nearly 194 million times on Youtube with a 94% positive rating by viewers. It has received quite a bit of praise from the liberal media as well, which is hardly surprising considering the rather overt political tones found therein. What is surprising, however, is that when asked whether or not he could explain the video, Glover said it is not his place to provide it context. This seems odd considering he clearly intended there to be a sociopolitical message, and there have been countless articles written and videos made by people attempting to suss out all of the hidden meaning.
For example, Alana Yzola of INSIDER declares that the song is an "overnight cultural phenomenon," and, in her analysis, the video recalls Trayvon Martin, slavery, Jim Crow, South African apartheid, Dylann Roof, that "red America values guns over human lives," and that prisons are "a commonly used tool to unjustly keep blacks in a cycle of incarceration." In short, "This Is America" is a laundry list of complaints about how black people are the perpetual victims of white people, all of which is implied by the visuals of the video. In contrast to the analysis of the visuals, the lyrics speak mostly about dancing, partying, and "get your money, black man," all of which could be understood as a critique, not of whites, but of black culture. When juxtaposed with the visuals, however, we are told that the dancing, partying, and such are (white) America's way of distracting black people from the injustices they are apparently facing on a daily basis.
Why then would Glover not want to weigh in on the meaning of his song and music video? If he meant for it to be taken the way many are interpreting it, would he not want to confirm his artistic masterpiece? If he did not, would he not want to correct the record? In truth, refusing to "give context" to "This Is America" is the easiest path to take since he likely meant for the anti-white messages to be understood yet does not want to risk the controversy if he stated it all outright. Remember, while he raps as "Childish Gambino," Glover's career has been primarily one of acting and stand-up comedy to largely white audiences. Of his three released studio albums, they averaged only 289,000 units sold with the last one selling only 100,000. Compare that to him starring as Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story and as the voice of Simba in the upcoming The Lion King. What better way to stir up hatred against white people while ensuring they will still buy tickets to your movies than remaining silent while blacks interpret your hatred for you?
The problem with Glover's implied reality is that it is not reality at all. His America is a place of systemic racism, of black people being unfairly oppressed and killed, where blacks are used for their music and dance moves yet ignored when they are bleeding in the street. In other words, Glover's America is the "Black Lives Matter" fantasy writ large where blacks are perpetual victims, from slavery to police officers hunting them for sport. But the "BLM" narrative is completely false and laughably so.
In terms of oppression, we can look at the fact that approximately 1 in 3 blacks benefited from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in 2016, making blacks twice as likely as whites to benefit from the program. Additionally, 28% of black adults and 57% of black children receive medical care through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Once black children graduate from high school, they can count on a +3.8 advantage on the ACT when applying to public university, which means a black student with a score of 23.2 has as much chance to be accepted as a white student who scored a 27. For private universities, the same black student would receive a +310 advantage on a scale of 1600 for the SAT. This bias only increases as one moves up the academic ladder. For example, black students have an infinitely higher acceptance rate to medical school than white students despite having lower average MCAT scores and GPAs. They then move on to looking for a job where they again benefit from affirmative action.
How much more must society do—to lift blacks out of poverty, to provide them with food and medical care, to help them receive an education and find work—before they will stop claiming that they are oppressed? In truth, it will never be enough because there will always be another problem for which the majority of blacks will blame white society. For example, in 2015, 24% of those killed by police were black despite being only 13% of the general population, which is held up as evidence of them being unfairly targeted. A key detail that is ignored, however, is that, per FBI data, blacks accounted for 36.4% of violent crime arrests including 51.1% for homicide, 28.2% for rape, and 32.1% for aggravated assault. Thus, we can see that, if anything, blacks are underrepresented among those shot by police considering the rate at which they encounter them and that most people shot are engaged in a violent crime and have already attacked someone.
Importantly, similar disproportionate criminality is also seen by blacks in Canada and the UK, which cannot be attributed to the remnants of the Civil War, "Jim Crow," or the "civil rights movement." Additionally, we can see in the United States that blacks are not only more likely per capita to engage in violent and property crime, but they are also 17% more likely than whites to be arrested again after their release from prison. Naturally, this has a compounding effect. At every turn, liberals seek to blame "racism," but it is more than a little ridiculous to think that black people are never responsible for anything they do.
Beyond criminality, we can also look at the fact that nearly 1 in 3 black pregnancies ends in abortion in America, and 72% of the remainder are born out of wedlock. According to the CDC, blacks also have higher rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. In 2016, blacks accounted for nearly half of AIDS diagnoses. Additionally, per government data in 2012, 11 in 100 blacks admitted to having used illicit drugs "within the last month," and 19 in 100 admitted to the same "within the past year." These rates were 22.8% and 17.6% higher than whites, respectively. Additionally, there is reason to believe that this severely underestimates black drug use considering that they account for nearly 40% of drug-related arrests, albeit liberals claim this is due to racism rather than prevalence. One need only look at black popular culture, however, to find marijuana a near universal reference.
This is black America—a place where you demand everything and accept responsibility for nothing.