Pony Tail

By Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: August 21, 2012

Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter

By 16 year old Jasmine Waiters at Notre Dame College in Belmont, California

This self hated knock us out

Us as a Black community are unconscious

Time for us to wake up and come too

Do you all even realize the adversity she had to fight through?


Her mama facing bankruptcy, for her daughter’s dream to come true

And you all are talking about, you all talking about her hair

Ain’t up to par, ain’t up to par for who

She took uneven bar and raised the bar for you

So what more could you ask for

She ran the barriers broke barricades took the Olympic Flame

Lead a path for little Black girls

She did a back flip that landed her in the history books

Put on a performance that no-one can compare too

That was hard enough to trail

She became something out of nothing

And yet the topic of discussion has become her pony tail

Not the fact that she the first African American with gold on that podium

We are giving her grief when she deserves pandemonium

We ought to be the number one source where the love and support should be coming from

Because flips and falls they can break bones

But the words of our mouths can leave her undone

That’s why I cannot phantom how we can be so belligerent

She is 16 doing big things yet we chose to belittle her with our ignorance

Trying to our own insecurities by robbing her of her innocence

Who are we to be so arrogant?


She is 16 and not whippy not 16 and pregnant

Being on MTV does not compare to being on NBC

She is balancing more than a beam

When I look at her I see me I see the possibility I see the opportunities that she proves me

I have a niece who might do a floor routine because she saw Gabby Douglas do the same thing

And that inspires me she brought nothing but success to our culture

and in return we scavenge for something insignificant and eat it up like vultures

She was born into a situation that statistics state that she would fail yet she found a way

to overcome it.


So I find it repugnant to sit here and talk about her pony tail

I don’t care about her hair

She is on the big stage under bright lights

She is a product of our ancestors, the reason why Martin Luther King died for our rights

My only question is what is Gabby Douglas if ignorance is bliss

Then what can we be proud of if you cannot be proud of this

Ask yourself

Because I’m proud I know I’m proud because my president is Black and my favorite

gymnast is too

Now rap that pony tail Gabby I’ll even rap that with you


thank you Jasmine Waiters for speaking up and speaking out


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