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Amanda Gorman Gets Tailed While Walking

Amanda Gorman '20, the first Youth Poet Laureate of the United States, is pictured in Harvard Yard at Harvard University. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Amanda Gets Tailed

As a black woman, there will always be ignorance even if you are famous and well-known. Unfortunately, young poet Amanda Gorman had recently felt violated when walking home because of an ignorant security guard.

Gorman, who is known for writing Joe Biden’s inauguration poem was stopped while walking late at night for looking “suspicious.” Amanda took to Twitter to speak about the unfortunate situation that happened to her a few days ago, on Friday night. She says this happened just outside of her house where she was demanded to show her keys.

Amanda Gorman

“A security guard tailed me on my walk home tonight,” the poet begins her tweet.

 “He demanded if I lived there because ‘you look suspicious.’ I showed my keys & buzzed myself into my building. He left, no apology. This is the reality of black girls: One day you’re called an icon, the next day, a threat,” Amanda says.

In a separate tweet, Amanda says how she is a threat because she is an empowered truthful woman.

“In a sense, he was right. 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.”

Unfortunately, this type of ignorance runs through this country and black women everywhere have to go through it every day. Many hope one-day black women won’t have to go through the discrimination anymore. Amanda hopes America could better itself for the sake of the future.


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