It was probably too much to expect liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to stick to her guns when she accidentally lands on the ‘wrong side’ of controversy.
So, when she sharply criticized San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick a few days ago it was a shock, but it was also only a matter of time before she apologized for her transgressions.
And that’s exactly what she did on Friday:
“Some of you have inquired about a book interview in which I was asked how I felt about Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players who refused to stand for the national anthem. Barely aware of the incident or its purpose, my comments were inappropriately dismissive and harsh. I should have declined to respond.”
Ginsburg originally made her remarks about Kaepernick to fellow leftist Katie Couric of Yahoo! News while being interviewed about her new book “My Own Words.”
“Would I arrest them for doing it? No,” Ginsburg said “I think it’s dumb and disrespectful. I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning. I think it’s a terrible thing to do, but I wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it. I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act. But it’s dangerous to arrest people for conduct that doesn’t jeopardize the health or well-being of other people.”
“If they want to be stupid, there’s no law that should be preventive,” she continued. “If they want to be arrogant, there’s no law that prevents them from that. What I would do is strongly take issue with the point of view that they are expressing when they do that.”
Kaepernick himself responded to Ginsburg’s comments in an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, saying, “It is disappointing to hear a supreme court justice call a protest against injustices and oppression ‘stupid, dumb’ in reference to players doing that. I was reading an article and it refers to white critique of black protests and how they try to delegitimize it by calling it ‘idiotic, dumb, stupid’, things of that nature, so they can sidestep the real issue. As I was reading that I saw more and more truth how this has been approached by people in power and white people in power in particular.”
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