Karam Hadid is a senior at Michigan State University majoring in human biology, and the founder of 24/7 NFL News.
I think sports are something that bridges any gap. I love talking about it. I have my website, which I update like, every day in between classes and whenever I’m free, so that takes up a lot of my time.
I remember the first time Kaepernick protested. I sent out a Tweet about it with the picture of him kneeling. Right away I got one response from an African American girl. She Tweeted, “We have to applaud Kaepernick for this,” or “Good job, Kaepernick.” And right after that, literally 30 seconds later, I got another reply from a white man. I don't know who he is. He wrote something like, “Screw Kaepernick. He’s not grateful for this country.”
I screenshot and Tweeted it; there are two ways people are reacting to this. Half the country loves Kaepernick for doing it, the other half is saying, “If you don’t like the country you should leave.”
I personally think it’s good. I wrote an article about this and posted it on my website. We don’t know Kaepernick’s intentions so we can’t get into that, but since he did it, every news source has been talking about it and talking about race relations. It’s causing people to talk and that’s the first step I think in solving anything, in solving a problem. It’s not going to be solved overnight. But I think it was a step in the right direction.