Inequality and discrimination are important topics these days, as many NFL football players have begun using their position as a podium to bring these issues to light.
However, Ha Ha Clinton-DIx is using a more traditional method to make a difference.
The Green Bay Packers' safety told Jason Wilde of ESPN.com that he is currently finishing his degree in criminal justice, in part so he can be part of the solution to our country’s ongoing divide between law enforcement and the African-American community.
“I understand what’s going on in this world,” Clinton-Dix said. “But cops have to go home at the end of the day. They have a family. They have to go home, too.
“Growing up where I’m from, some people are afraid of cops. They don’t really like cops. And what a lot of people don’t realize is, they’re really not the bad guys. They’re really on our side, they’re really trying to help us out. And sometimes, we don’t understand that.”
Clinton-Dix re-enrolled at Alabama in January and plans to graduate in 2017. Growing up in Florida, football wasn't Dix's sole concern as he dreamed of a career in law enforcement, so he could help communities like his own.
“I went into criminal justice because I want to learn more about the law, about what’s going on in this world, and be a mentor to kids from where I’m from,” Clinton-Dix said. “To [help them] understand that the law isn’t against you, it’s actually for you.
“You have to put yourself in people’s shoes in certain situations because you don’t know what people really think or what they’re really going through. I feel for the cops, I feel for us as a society as a whole, period. I just hope we can find peace and justice and get back to getting better in this world. That’s how it was going. We were getting better. And I just hope it goes back to that way.”
Source: ESPN · Photo Credit: Images Courtesy of Keystone Press