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In An Effort To Unite Communities & Police, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Going Back To School For Criminal Justice Degree
Turn on your local news in whichever city you live in and it’s not hard to see the racial divide and numerous videos of police involved killings in this country. And because of this, numerous players have decided to sit or kneel during the playing of the National Anthem in protest.
Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix decided to go about this situation in a different way and decided to go back to school in order to finish his criminal justice degree in an attempt to unite communities & police officers.
Clinton-Dix decided to re-enroll at the University of Alabama, where he was a star player for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. He left the school early to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.
According to FOX Sports, he wants to make a difference by uniting law enforcement figures with people in different communities, no matter what race.
“I understand what’s going on in this world,” Clinton-Dix said, via ESPN. “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 stated he grew up in the suburbs surrounding Orlando, Florida, and originally wanted to become a police officer when he was younger.
“You have homework due at 11:59 p.m. every Friday,” he said. “Then I’d go straight to sleep. 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.”
Good for him.