‘This Is America’ Video Spurs Radio Host Ebro Darden to Explain Why Black People Shouldn’t Fear Voodoo: ‘This is African Heritage, Our Roots’

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Following alt-right host Alex Jones’ assertion that Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” music video is voodoo-ridden, radio host Ebro Darden wonders why that’s an issue.

The Gambino clip, which debuted following his performance of the single on “Saturday Night Live” on May 5, features the singer doing BlocBoy JB’s “Shoot” dance and South African Gwara Gwara with school children as he makes his way through a garage.

“I’m looking at the video they just played of the Donald Glover, Childish Gambino dance he is doing, that he probably thinks you think is real original. That’s a voodoo dance he is doing,” Jones said on the Monday, May 7 edition of “Infowars.”

“Pull me in with voodoo dancing, people in trance and that is a voodoo dance 110 percent,” Jones continued. “You’ve got all of that then personified through artwork, but they don’t think you know what you’re actually looking at.”

However, Darden, who hosts “Ebro In the Morning” radio show, tweeted Wednesday, May 9 that voodoo isn’t something to be feared, as it has roots in the motherland.

“Why are we afraid of Voodoo? Vodun is of the Fon people from Benin, Togo, Nigeria, this is African Heritage, our roots… Your domestication into slavery made you fear this word,” Darden said in a Twitter thread. “But it is still in you when you feel the drum, when you speak in tongues in church, when you clap your hands and ‘sing praises.’

“All indigenous people have this connection…Cultures/People who lack connection to the Sun & Earth fear this ancestral power,” he added.

In response, several users weighed in on the impact that colonizers have had on Black people throughout the generations.

“Christianity and white immorality made our people afraid of the very spiritual systems they created,” one person said.

Dahomey homey!!!! This is ours!!!!” another exclaimed. “Western culture has deliberately spookified the culture to keep us from our [ancestral] power!!! #iamdantor.”

“The same way they [were] scared of ‘witches,’ a user said. “Anything that does not fit their narrative is the DEBIL….in the words of Ms. Boucher… aka the Water Boys momma.”

Several users blamed movies for the way people react to voodoo.

“Western Brainwashing and Movies 🎥” a user responded.

“Movies,” another simply said.

“The movies is why,” someone else tweeted.

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