The rapper and Community star penned a poem about white privilege and racial stereotypes in the music biz and then shared the piece in a lengthy string of early-morning tweets.
The poem doesn't explicitly mention the shooting death of 18-year-old Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, but it does seem to be inspired by this week's events in the St. Louis suburb.
Read the entire poem below:
"childish gambino is a white rapper"
i wanna be a white rapper.
i wanna be so white im the biggest rapper of all time.
i wanna be so white i can have a number one song with cursing and parents are fine with it.
i wanna be so white and so big i get eat dinner with the koch brothers.
i hope I'm so big and white i can go to clippers games and it not be a statement.
i hope I'm so white they let my friend out of jail sooner.
i hope I'm so big and white my cousin wasn't shot and stabbed twice in the neck twice last month.
i wanna be so big. so white.
i wanna be so big and and so white that white dads feel comfortable sending their daughters,
who are home for the summer from Stanford, to my show.
and after the performance they come hang with me on my bus and we smoke and then we f*** to young dro
and she holds my face in her hands and her eyes roll back in her head.
then she goes home and her dad says "how was the show?" and she says "it was fun. they had lasers."
i hope i become so big and and so white that G-Eazy will say "damn, this n***a is white" and everyone will agree and nod.
i want to be so big and white that people are scared. "what if this spreads?
what if everyone starts to get big and white? what if this works for everyone and everyone can experience this whiteness and this bigness?”
i hope i become too big and too white.
but i am just a black male.
i am a n***a.
Glover followed his poem with a tweet slamming Twitter activism.
twitter activism is wack. marches don’t work anymore. police should be forced to wear recording devices.— childish gambino (@donaldglover) August 14, 2014
Glover was back on Twitter Thursday afternoon, defending his words and explaining some of the events that inspired the poem.
i want people to understand i wasn’t under any influence last night.— childish gambino (@donaldglover) August 14, 2014
after hearing a friend sobbing and after talking with my mom, i wrote that poem.— childish gambino (@donaldglover) August 14, 2014
I've been threatened by police twice this year, hand on holster. “and i'm childish gambino".— childish gambino (@donaldglover) August 14, 2014
so when someone calls me a “white rapper”, i wanna make sure they understand i don’t have all the benefits.— childish gambino (@donaldglover) August 14, 2014
twitter isn’t wack. activism isn’t wack. twitter activism is wack to me. it’s only half of activism.— childish gambino (@donaldglover) August 14, 2014
this is not an apology.— childish gambino (@donaldglover) August 14, 2014
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