The Donald Glover Cover



FX’s Atlanta presents what is largely missing from black portrayal—an unadulterated portrayal of black life.  The series does not feature picturesque characters  of the cookie cutter  sort. Though the series lead Earn (OG) is a Princeton graduate  and in real-life Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry) is a Yale graduate—the series captures a narrative that up to this point, was deemed not marketable to prime-time audiences. The series confronts race, mild fame, family, stereotypes and economics. The most resounding episode to date being Juneteenth where Van attends a networking event that provokes conversations of class and race that are both hilarious and familiar. Teddy Perkins illustrates what folk tolerate when something is free and illustrates that unsolved conflicts don’t fade to black, but multiply. 

However, though revered for its nuanced approach to blackness and racism, this series flourishes because of racism. Though Glover’s work from  to his recent video This is America make waves in a white supremacist media for issuing a black perspective, this perspective and experience is one-dimensional to Glover. 


Part-Time Brother

Though a black man navigating through the Western Hemisphere—Glover has followed a systemic pattern of b lack men who date/marry  and reproduce with non-black woman despite taking an authoritative presence in the black narrative. In accessing his authorative presence in the white supremacist media, it is imperative to note that Glover assumes said authority because of whom he has chosen as his partner. 

Glover’s actions are the ones of a melanated man desiring to take advantage of a black moment.  It is the essence of America to designate a time and space where it is “okay” to be black. Yet this allowance is a short leash extended to those who wish to maintain its superficial understanding with one or two times or episode that strike a nerve but are not enough to elevate thoughts let alone provoke any meaningful conversation. 

Glover is congruent to the contemporary #metoo movement as his efforts though overtly doused in blackness—service the needs of white women. Given that he has selected a non-black woman as a spouse and pro-created with said woman his money and legacy becomes intertwined with the African adjacent. More poignantly, his every day and future is inherently anti-black, making his affiliation with blackness null and void. His behavior reflects what I will reference as “the Glover Cover.” 


The Glover Cover

The Glover cover is a sort of contemporary blackface. Now in using this term, I know that I speak to a very painful and violent display of mockery engendered by whites in actions of black burlesque. While this burlesque still takes place on college campuses throughout the world for Halloween, it has taken on a new form in the contemporary climate. Contemporary blackface implements the use of melanated bodies to carry out  white supremacists motifs. Contemporary blackface features a physically black person capitalizing on the fad of blackness, and addressing blackness superficially. They may issue a few good lines, or even a good episode—but their goal to to “win” in a capitalistic society, not to provoke any real difference. Their superficial engagement with blackness proves lucrative in opening the door for future endeavors that will have nothing to do with blackness at all. 

Though I have named this behavior the Donald Glover cover, it is imperative to note that this behavior is not limited to him. Rather it is exuded in Shonda Rhimes, Justin Simien amongst others. Their behavior is one of survival, speaking specifically to a desire to “survive” enslavement by being the “good” slave though appearing, to the heuristically hypnotized, to be free. 

Those wearing the Donald Glover cover attempt to reach the heights of whites while black, placing a white mask over their black exterior. Their is no pride or purpose involved in said pursuits, what is involved is passing. The assailants of contemporary blackface pass as black conscious or woke, depicting socially acceptable radicalism as veiled white supremacy. Specifically, Glover confirms white supremacy in the same breath that he issues his pseudo challenge, he is radical and conservative—depicting contemporary blackface as a socially accepted radicalism where the black body in pursuit of the white mask takes one step forward and two steps backwards. The white light shines on their faces and nothing else matters. They gloat as trailblazers and representatives of free thought though their minds are in chains—-internalizing the belief that beating racism is as good as abolishing it. 

No thought can be free if the mind is in chains. Yet it seems that because the contemporary is on the other side of the empty gesture called the emancipation proclamation, many take freedom as fact despite the overt limitations said freedom imposes on black life and black thought. Blackness remains what so many aim to shed, or try to make incidental—although the contemporary climate omits the need to articulate said feelings. 

Instead, the masses are encouraged to find inspiration and support those who believe more in the white light of a star, than the blackness of the sky that makes this illumination possible.

Black Power ❤

10 Comments Add yours

  1. The Melanin Man says:

    “Instead, the masses are encouraged to find inspiration and support those who believe more in the white light of a star, than the blackness of the sky that makes this illumination possible.”

    So on point!

  2. Awesome post CC! Got a question for you. Do you get notifications in your email from bloggers? Like when I post do you get one from me? I ask because the last six months I don’t get them. I don’t get emails from you,Melanin Man,Kelley,Shelby or Negress. I keep wondering if WordPress is messing with my account. It’s very annoying and I’m tired of it. I get notifications when you guys leave a comment on my blog. But never when you make a post. I have to go to each blog individually to see your recent posts. I’ve just been wondering if anyone else has been having this problem. I appreciate any feedback. Thank you.

    1. To be honest with you, I only see posts from blogs I am sure I don’t follow. Lol.

      When I clicked your link a few times, it takes me to an empty page. I thought it was just me.

      Thanks for the comment.

      1. I’m not surprised at all. A few people told me that about my link. WordPress is doing some strange things. Other bloggers have told me the same thing. Thanks CC.

      2. The Melanin Man says:

        On my Following page on the app and the computer format I see the posts you post, if that’s the notification you’re referring to.

      3. No not those. I get the notifications on the computer format too. But years ago I would get notifications in my email when bloggers had a new post. I only get notifications from one blogger now. It’s kind of strange. Maybe I need to check my settings. Or maybe WordPress changed something I don’t know about. I just find it odd I stopped getting those notifications years ago.

      4. The Melanin Man says:

        Oh ok gotcha

    2. I don’t get the notifications and I also try to go to your blog and got a blank page. I have to manually check for new blog post from my favorite bloggers. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some technology terrorism going on.

      1. I’ve heard this many times. I put nothing past them.

  3. This post is very true. It really highlights the contradictions that White Supremacy Racism causes in a lot of us.

    “No thought can be free if the mind is in chains.” Powerful and true quote.

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