It is also important to note that Childish Gambino’s song Redbone, seems also to reference a similar theme when he says:
This is indicative of how being black in whiteness made him put away his pride. It does seem however now that Gambino seems to warn those who play the Jim Crowe character to reap its benefits, by saying:
This warning works both ways and serves to warn members on opposing sides of a society who might not be aware of the dangers of “sleeping”. This is a concept of power/equality, in that this warning can apply to any groups that might be in conflict with clear, dominant and subordinate groups, such as the relationship between men and women. This warning then translates to, if you want [power/equality], you can have [power/equality] but stay woke to the consequences of that [power/equality], however sleeping on the issue will only get you in danger, hence he says “you better believe in something”.
This is a reference to how black people have been running throughout history, specifically during slavery. This imagery is to show that black people have been running to stay alive, whether it be from poverty or oppression, or from “the sunken place” which was popularised by Jordan Peele’s Get Out.
In conclusion, I don’t know what Donald Glover is up to, but I have a good feeling about it.
More of Donald Glover’s racial commentary can be seen all over his award winning show ‘Atlanta’ specifically, his episode about Teddy Perkins, in which he wears a white face mask.
- Redbone even played at the beginning of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out”, a movie about a black guy with a white girlfriend.
- In ‘This is America’ did you notice the White Horse; do you know about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Well the rider of the white horse represents; Conquest/Pestilence, while the other riders represent equally malicious situations of War, Famine and Death.
- Childish Gambino has been criticized for his affinity towards white women.
Author: Yolo Jozi