The relay runners representing Team Great Britain, Team Jamaica and Team United States celebrate winning their respective medals after the Women's 4 x 100m Relay on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 06, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

The Defender’s Associate Editor Aswad Walker noticed a consistent theme that shown itself throughout the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, especially in track and field. No matter the winning country, it seemed over and over again the winning runners were Black, i.e. children of the Pan-African diaspora. What if this group ever fully recognized their connection and their power, which extends far beyond athletics?