Amanda Gorman, the 22-year-old poet who captured hearts at the inauguration of President Joe Biden, posted to social media that she was followed home by a security guard who demanded to know where she lived because she "looked suspicious".
"I showed my keys & buzzed myself into my building," she tweeted of the incident yesterday.
"He left, no apology. This is the reality of black girls: One day you're called an icon, the next day, a threat."
Gorman, the nation's youngest inaugural poet, lives in Los Angeles but did not specify where the encounter occurred. Her spokeswoman did not immediately return an email seeking additional comment.
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The post was met with thousands of messages of support on Twitter and Instagram. She followed her post with a second comment that said:
"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. A threat and proud."
Gorman became an instant sensation on January 20 when she recited her poem, "The Hill We Climb", at Biden's swearing-in.