Amanda Gorman says a security guard followed her home on Friday night. The 22-year-old poet, who became the youngest inaugural poet in American history when she performed President Joe Biden’s inauguration earlier this year, said the guard said he looked “suspicious.”
“A security guard queued me for my walk home tonight,” Gorman wrote on Twitter. “He asked if I lived there because you looked suspicious.” I showed my keys and slipped into my building. He left without apology. This is the reality of black girls: One day they call an icon, and the next day a threat. “
In a subsequent message, she wrote: “In a sense, he was right. I am a threat: a threat of injustice, inequality, ignorance. Anyone who speaks the truth and walks with hope is an obvious and fatal danger to the forces that are.”
Gorman recited her poemon the steps of the US Capitol during the opening ceremony of Mr. Biden on January 20. She told “ “Anthony Mason that she prepared for the big moment the way she would prepare for any other show.
“One of the preparations I always make when I perform is to say to myself a mantra that is, ‘I’m the daughter of black writers.’ We come from freedom fighters who broke chains and changed the world. They call me. “
The original composition is derived from her own experience, as a “skinny black girl descends from slaves” who dream of “becoming president”, as well as from the recent Capitol uprising, Gorman told Mason.