Silence is Violence

Written by David Segun, Edited by the Dávila Kafe Team



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When I was approached with the opportunity to write this article, I felt confident it wouldn’t take much trouble for me to write on the concept of strength. Given my athletic background, I’ve been privileged to be a dual-sport collegiate athlete and competitive crossfit athlete, even qualifying for the 2020 CrossFit Games this past year.


In light of recent events in the United States, I would be doing myself and anyone who reads this a disservice if I didn’t discuss a unique type of strength: This strength that I am referring to will alienate you at times, and will project you as “different” in the eyes of some. This particular type of strength may even come at the cost of friendships and long standing relationships. The strength I speak of is the strength to speak up against racism–unequivocally.


The strength I speak of is the strength to speak up against racism–unequivocally.

It is an unfortunate truth that racism is embedded in the foundations of this country. As a Black man in America, I have learned to keep a guard up whenever I am in the general public for fear of looking suspicious. In fact, I have a personal “checklist” of dos and don’ts to protect and preserve my life. We have seen racism manifest itself over and over again with people of color as col