“Glover’s character, who appears to represent how white American culture oppresses black people, periodically kills innocent performers,” The Washington Post said.

The music video received some backlash for normalizing death and black violence in order to convey a message. Other representations in the music video include the 2015 Charleston church massacre, police brutality and blacks Americans’ “socioeconomic and political mobility.”

‘This is America’ has shaken viewers, making important commentary on the relationship between the black community and American culture, regardless of Glover’s specific intent.