Childish Gambino’s new video tackles racism, gun violence

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Actor Donald Glover’s Grammy-winning alter-ego Childish Gambino’s “This is America” video tackles racism and gun violence, complete with blood splatter. The video has gotten a lot of attention on social media since its weekend debut. | Sun-Times file photo

NEW YORK — Childish Gambino’s “This is America” video tackles racism and gun violence, complete with blood splatter.

Gambino is the Grammy-winning alter-ego of Donald Glover. His new video has gotten a lot of attention on social media since its weekend debut. A smiling, shirtless Gambino dances throughout most of the video, but that image is juxtaposed with that of him shooting a hooded black man in the head and gunning down a black choir.

He sings: “Yeah, this is America/ Guns in my area/ I got the strap/ I gotta carry ’em.” At other points in the song he addresses a black man’s place in the world.

At the video’s end, he appears to be chased by a white mob.

Glover’s Emmy-winning FX show “Atlanta” has its Season 2 finale Thursday and he plays Lando Calrissian in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” in theaters on May 25.

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