Amanda Gorman Details Being Racially Profiled on Walk Home

Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman at the U.S. Capitol Inauguration Ceremony
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Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman

The 22-year-old poet who made history at President Joe Biden's inauguration in January opened up about the incident on Twitter.

Amanda Gorman, the 22-year-old poet who made worldwide headlines in January when she recited her original poetry at Joe Biden's presidential inauguration, took to social media on Friday to say she was followed home by a security guard who demanded to know where she lived because she "looked suspicious."

"A security guard tailed me on my walk home tonight," wrote Gorman on Twitter. "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."

Gorman, a Los Angeles native, later added, "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."

Later on Saturday, Gorman spoke further on the incident. "I am so thankful for the outpouring of support since the incident last night," she wrote on Twitter. "It won't change the truth of what happened, and continues to happen to Black Americans, but it reassures me of what I already know: There is always far more good in this world than bad."

Her representatives have not yet responded to a request for comment.

Gorman's poem, The Hill We Climb, also speaks about the Black experience.

"We the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president only to find herself reciting for one," a line reads. "And yes we are far from polished. Far from pristine. But that doesn't mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect. We are striving to forge a union with purpose, to compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man."

Following Gorman's historic appearance at the inauguration, she became the first poet to appear in a Super Bowl telecast, again reading an original poem — but this time, to legions of sports fans.

Gorman is signed to IMG Models, an agency that will focus on building her profile through brand endorsements and educational opportunities.

View her tweets below.