Amanda Gorman, a poet who received praise for her performance at Joe Biden’s opening event, said she was followed home and accused her of looking suspicious by security personnel.
She said the Friday night incident was a symbol of the “truth of black women” in the United States, where “one day you were called an icon” but the next day was a threat.
Gorman wrote on Twitter:
She said in the following tweet: “ In a sense, he was right. I am a threat: the threat of injustice to inequality and ignorance. Whoever tells the truth and goes on with hope is a very obvious and serious danger to the power that it is.
Gorman, 22, from Los Angeles, shared a post she posted in February that said, “We live in a conflicting society that can celebrate black young poets and pepper spray. At the age of 9 ”in reference to a recent incident in Rochester. New York, which led to protests and three police officers suspended pending an investigation
The youngest poet in U.S. history is a favorite of the Democratic founder, who won the nation’s first youth poet award in 2017 when she was a student at Harvard, The Guardian got in touch. She asked for further comment. She did not specify the origin of the security guard.
Virginia Legislature Mark Keam tweeted, “Let this sink in and realize how – while I am delighted that Amanda Gorman has ended safely, this kind of confrontation is what happened. Every day for our millions of American friends. “
In her opening poem, The Hill We Climb, Gorman describes herself as “a skinny black girl who was descended from a slave and raised by a single mother. [who] Can dream of becoming president, just to find yourself. “
She also spoke of “an attempt to form a union with the aim of / to create a country that adheres to all human cultures, colors, characters and conditions.”
Speaking to the New York Times, Gorman said she was struggling to write an initial poem. But she was forced to stay up all night and finish it after the January 6 attack at the US Capitol.
“I’m the daughter of a black writer,” says Gorman after taking over. “We are descended from the freedom fighters who broke the chains and changed the world.”
Gorman also starred at this year’s Super Bowl and was recently signed by IMG Models.Her upcoming book, The Hill We Climb anthology collection, and children’s book Change Sings have reached the number one spot for tea. Hart, the book after her performance took over.
“I was on my bookshelf for number 1 and # 2 on AMAZON after 1 day!” She wrote on Twitter. Gorman described herself as a bookworm as a child and overcoming the speech barriers in his youth.
She is also the founder of the One Pen One Page charity, which supports underprivileged youth through writing.