Sonja Thomas, assistant professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, published an article titled “‘This is America’ and the Global Erasure of Black Vernacular Traditions” in ASAP/J, where she compares the song and the video with imitations, including the cartoon “This is South India,” which, she writes, “flips the entire narrative of ‘This is America.’” Thomas also points out “This is South India’s” problems: “At the same time that ‘This is South India’ deracializes the blackness of ‘This is America’ and Childish Gambino, the cartoon naturalizes Hindu upper-caste/middle-class dominance, and suggests that this figure is representative of South India more generally.”