Saturday, June 22, 2024

One day icon, other day threat: Amanda Gorman

“One day you are called icon, the next day, a threat.” That was how Amanda Gorman, a national celebrity who delivered a stirring poem at President Joe Biden inauguration on January 20 reacted when she was tailed by a security guard on Friday night. 

A report in New York Times says Gorman tweeted, “A security guard tailed me on my way 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. This is the reality of black girls. One day you are called icon, the next day, a threat.  She said in another tweet,” 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.” She described herself as a “skinny Black girl, descended from slaves and raised by a single mother,” who can dream of being president one day, only to find herself reciting for one.

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Hailing from Los Angeles, Gorman, 22, is the youngest inaugural poet in the united states. In her poem, The Hill We Climb,” she spoke of “striving to forge a union with purpose, to compose a country committed to all cultures, colours, characters and conditions of man.” Her song rendered in front of sunlit Capital, just days after a mob of Trump’s supporters had laid seize to the building  as Congress met to certify the results of the presidential election. She was named in 2017 United State’s first young poet laureate. She was a student of Harvard university at that time. She was widely applauded when she recited the poem at Biden’s inaugural in a voice filled with clarity and emotion.

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