Amanda Gorman, the young poet who found global fame after performing at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, has shared her experience of alleged racial profiling by a security guard.
The 22-year-old said on Twitter that she was accosted on a walk home on Friday and told “you look suspicious”.
“This is the reality of black girls: One day you’re called an icon, the next day, a threat,” she wrote.
Gorman grew widespread acclaim for her performance of The Hill We Climb.
Her poem was seen as a rousing and timely call for national unity – delivered at the US Capitol just weeks after it was the scene of deadly riots.
Tweeting about her experience, Gorman described being “tailed” by the security guard who she said offered no apology after she was able to prove she lived in her own apartment building.