“A security guard followed me on my way home tonight. He asked if I lived there because ‘you look suspicious’. I showed my keys and entered my building. He’s gone, no apologies, ”Gorman wrote in a post on his verified Instagram account.
“This is the reality of black girls: one day you are called an icon, the next day a threat,” she added.
In a later Tweeter
“Said the 22-year-old:” In a way, he was right. I AM A THREAT: a threat to injustice, inequality, ignorance. Anyone who speaks the truth and walks with hope is an obvious and fatal danger to the powers that be. A threat and proud. “
It had been just a few days since a mob of armed Trump supporters wielding knives, bombs and pepper spray stormed the Capitol.
The encounter with the security guard described by Gorman is reminiscent of police violence and aggression against black Americans, whose deaths sparked national movements, including #BlackLivesMatter.
Black men are about 2.5 times more likely to die at the hands of police in their lifetime than white men, according to a study by the National Academy of Sciences.
According to the 2019 study, black women are about 1.4 times more likely to be killed by police than white women, according to the researchers.
In March 2020, Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency technician, was gunned down by police inside her apartment in Louisville, Ky., During a faulty forced entry raid.
His death sparked a nationwide rallying cry for racial justice and an overhaul of the policing system, including the #SayHerName campaign.
“#SayHerName is rooted in the grim reality that black women and girls who are targeted, brutalized and killed by police are too often excluded from mainstream narratives of police violence,” the campaign’s webpage read.
“You are not safe anywhere. Not even safe in your own home”, founder and lawyer of #SayHerName Kimberle Crenshaw
CNN’s Erin Burnett told CNN.