“This is the reality of black girls: One day you’re called an icon, the next day, a threat.”
The above is the lamentation of the celebrated poet, who recited a poem during President Joe Biden inauguration, after a security guard accused her for the colour of her skin, in Friday night, while returning to her house in Los Angeles
Recall that Gorman became an international sensation after reciting her original work “The Hill We Climb” at the inaugural, a poem inspired by the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
She was the youngest poet ever to recite at a presidential inauguration, a role first given to Robert Frost by John F. Kennedy in 1961.
Amanda narrated that, “A security guard tailed me on my walk home tonight. He demanded if I lived there because “you look suspicious.” I showed my keys & buzzed myself into my building. He left, no apology. This is the reality of black girls: One day you’re called an icon, the next day, a threat.”
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The 22-year-old Harvard University graduate, who was invited to perform in Washington after First Lady Jill Biden saw one of her readings, stated that, “In a sense, he was right. I AM A THREAT: a threat to injustice, to inequality, to ignorance. Anyone who speaks the truth and walks with hope is an obvious and fatal danger to the powers that be.”
The celebrity poet, took to her twitter handle to appreciate all that stood with her to condemn the racist act of the security guard.
“I am so thankful for the outpouring of support since the incident last night. It won’t change the truth of what happened, and continues to happen to Black Americans, but it reassures me of what I already know: There is always far more good in this world than bad. Love, Amanda”, she tweeted.
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