U.S. Black poet says she was harassed by security guard

U.S. Black poet says she was harassed by security guard
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7 March 2021
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Amanda Gorman, an African American poet who won wide acclaim for her poem at the inauguration of President Joe Biden, says she was “tailed” and harassed by a security guard.

The 22-year-old activist further complained about what she called “the reality of Black girls” living in the United States.

“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”, she wrote on Twitter. “This is the reality of Black girls: One day you’re called an icon, the next day, a threat”.

The former National Youth Poet Laureate affirmed that she would continue fighting against injustice in the United States.

"In a sense, he was right", the Harvard-educated Gorman said.  "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 Los Angeles-based poet rose to fame after she recited her poem, entitled "The Hill We Climb", at the Democratic president’s inauguration on January 6th.

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