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Like much of Glover's work, "This is America" is cryptic and loaded with shocking imagery and metaphor. The track's tone swerves from happy-go-lucky psalmic readings to more alarming verses. In typical Glover fashion, he dismissed close readings of his work in an interview at the Met Gala Monday night .
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Less than a minute in, Gambino strikes a pose and kills a guitarist with a bag over his head. Donald Glover/YouTube
It happens just as the video drastically shifts from a cheerful to aggressive tone.
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The pose resembles Jim Crow. Wikimedia Commons
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Later, the term " Jim Crow"  referred to a series of racist segregation laws that emerged during the Reconstruction Era. 
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Or it could be a reference to Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson/YouTube
Others feel the pose evokes  Michael Jackson in his 1991 music video for "Black or White."

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