(Source: www.yourblackworld.net) – Amanda Gorman (pictured) has national recognition but not everyone recognizes her.
The acclaimed inaugural poet and scholar took to Twitter on Friday (March 5) and revealed she was followed by a white male security guard who labeled her “suspicious.”
The 22-year-old (who lives in Los Angeles, California) said she showed him her keys and buzzed herself into her building. Gorman’s despicable actions prompted the guard to leave but he did not apologize.
“This is the reality of Black girls: One day you’re called an icon, the next day, a threat,” she also wrote in her tweet about the ordeal.
The IMG Models mainstay made history in January when she became the youngest person to perform a poem at a US presidential inauguration. By reading her poem “The Hill We Climb,” Gorman made herself one of the most talked about aspects of the inauguration ceremony.
Gorman, the first US National Youth Poet Laureate, also performed at the Super Bowl in February. During the sporting event, she recited her poem “Chorus of the Captains,” which is dedicated to a teacher, an ICU nurse, and a US Marine corps veteran (Meara, 2021).
Reference: Meara, P. (2021, March 07) Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman Describes Being Racially Profiled. Retrieved from https://www.bet.com/news/national/2021/03/06/inaugural-poet-amanda-gorman-says-she-was-profiled-entering-her-.html
*Your Black World news correspondent Victor Trammell edited and contributed to this report.