Amanda Gorman is raising her voice against gun violence in The United States Of America!
The 24-year-old, who is the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate, won the hearts of millions after reading her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden‘s inauguration in 2021.
After becoming the youngest inaugural poet in United States history, the activist continues to use her unique way with words to shed light on the dire situation in America.
Amanda Gorman Criticizes The US Government For Their Inaction On Gun Violence
When it comes to oppression, feminism, and racial injustice, Gorman has never stayed quiet, and the poet continues to prove that she will always fight for just causes.
Following the tragic mass shooting at a Texas elementary school, the Ozy Genius Award winner took to Instagram with a series of pictures featuring the powerful poem she wrote on Twitter.
Keeping to her signature style of speaking for the masses, the 24-year-old did not mince her words while calling out the US Government and its citizens for not stopping the senseless murders associated with gun violence.
The piece’s opening sentence read, “Schools scared to death. The truth is, one education under desks, Stooped low from bullets; That plunge when we ask Where our children Shall live & how & if.”
The writer continued that it took a “monster to kill children,” but for people to sit back and watch these monsters take innocent lives on multiple occasions without any action showed “inhumanity” and not “insanity.”
According to Gorman, the US could be described as “one nation under guns,” but the young poet implored people to wonder what the country could be if only they listened and tried to change.
If this searing message did not resonate with fans’ hearts, “The Hill We Climb” author’s caption featured a second inspirational call for action. The California native wrote:
“Americans — you know enough is enough. If you do anything today, let it not be just to grieve but to act. Follow & donate to @everytown to help prevent gun violence and save lives.”
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She also pleaded with her followers to take further actions by visiting the nonprofit gun safety organization’s website, everytown.org.
Touched by her eloquent message, the fundraising post garnered over 600,000 likes and thousands of comments from fans, many of whom found solace in Gorman’s poem.
By using her platform to condemn the devastating Texas shooting, the One Pen One Page organization founder joined the list of celebrities begging the government to stop gun violence.
As shared by The Blast, several A-listers expressed outrage over the unfortunate incident that killed Fourteen elementary school students and one teacher.
The shooting occurred at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where a teenager identified by Governor Greg Abbott as Salvador Ramos committed an unprovoked massacre.
The 18-year-old shooter, reportedly a student at Uvalde High School, killed and injured several people with a handgun and possibly a rifle before being taken down by first responders.
Naturally, angry citizens took to social media platforms, especially Twitter, to vent their anger and criticize the government for allowing the devastating incident to occur.
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Celebrities such as Stephen King, Bette Midler, LeBron James, Jason Alexander, Lynda Carter, Jimmy Kimmel, Shannon Watts, and more asked for the immediate implementation of gun control policies before more lives were lost.
A Security Guard Once Racially Profiled The “Call Us What We Carry” Author
Last year, The Blast reported that Gorman suffered racial injustice at the hands of a security guard in the apartment complex she inhabited.
The Harvard University graduate explained that the guard, whose race was not mentioned, racially profiled her and followed her home on claims that she looked suspicious.
The poet remained under the guard’s scrutiny until the 24-year-old proved she resided in the building by showing the man her keys and buzzing herself in.
Although the guard finally left her alone, Gorman noted that he did not apologize for judging her based on skin color, an issue the writer stated plagued Black people in America.
However, the author wanted the world to know that she would always be a threat to “injustice, inequality, and ignorance” as anyone who spoke the truth was considered dangerous in a biased society.