Saturday, April 13, 2024

Star Poet Amanda Gorman Says She Was Racially Profiled: “One day you’re called an icon, the next day a threat”


Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate, became an overnight sensation at the Biden Inauguration. Her books flew to the top of amazon’s best seller list. She was on every talk show, hailed as a superstar.

Now Gorman says she she was racially profiled in front of her own home. She wrote on Instagram of the security guard who questioned her: “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>”

This has to stop.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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