Poet Amanda Gorman was racially profiled outside her own apartment, she revealed on social media on Friday.
“A security guard followed me tonight as I walked home,” the 22-year-old, based in Los Angeles, wrote. “He asked if I lived there because ‘you look suspicious.’ I showed my keys and entered my building. He’s gone, no excuses.
“This is the reality of black girls: one day you are called an icon, the next day a threat,” added Gorman, who received rave reviews with his recital of his original poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden. inauguration in January. She then played Super Bowl 2021.
Gorman, the first National Young Poet Laureate, said “in a way he was right.”
“I AM A THREAT: a threat to injustice, to inequality, to ignorance,” she said. “Anyone who speaks the truth and walks with hope is an obvious and fatal danger to the powers that be.”
“A threat and proud,” Gorman concluded.