This is America…

If you haven’t noticed, Donald Glover has broken the internet with his video “This is America”. Like others, I have scoured the internet for hidden meanings and messages behind the the graphic, but powerful song and musical video. In the process, my wife brought to my attention a series of posters released from 1943-1945 entitled “This is America”. As a well educated black male, the images and their accompanying messages struck me with the way in which they depict America as not belonging to me, any other person of color, or opposing gender of males. To help illustrate this point, I have attached the images of the posters accompanied by modern images of today to help juxtapose the opposing views of the America in which we live. I will keep my comments brief, allowing you to form your own opinion.

 

What happens when it becomes more than a game? Is there room at the top for everyone? This is (y)our America…

Are all families sacred? If not, which ones? This is (y)our America…

What happens to a dream deferred? This is (y)our America…

Who’s allowed to call themselves an American? This is (y)our America…

Who’s smiling? This is (y)our America…

Times up? This is (y)our America…

Will it ever be enough? This is (y)our America…

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