To millions of people around the world, the young poet Amanda Gorman represents hope, change and the promise of a better America.
But to a security guard on Friday night, the young African American woman represented a potential threat to public safety.
This is a sad story. My first thought was that Amanda Gorman could legitimately have been harmed in a situation like this. Then I thought, she should have a bodyguard or an entourage with her at all times for protection. Then I thought, she should not need to! That could ruin her life.
Amanda Gorman is a strong and bold speaker, and deserves the last word on the matter:
“In a sense, he was right,” the former National Youth Poet Laureate added. “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.”