Ginsburg regrets criticizing Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protests

Ruth Bader Ginsburg called Kaepernick’s “dumb and disrespectful.”
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Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who called Colin Kaepernick‘s national anthem protests “dumb and disrespectful” earlier the coming week is having second thoughts about her comments.

Ginsburg said in a statement she should not have responded, and was “barely well informed the incident or its purpose, according to CQ Roll Call ‘s Todd Ruger.

In an interview with Katie Couric published Monday on Yahoo News, Ginsburg likened Kaepernick’s actions to flag burning, calling it a “terrible thing to do, ” but saying she “wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it.”

Now, Ginsburg is calling those comments “inappropriately dismissive and harsh.”

Kaepernick, who was named the 49ers starting quarterback the coming week, has been sitting or kneeling during the national anthem all season to protest racial injustices. Many have joined Kaepernick’s movement, including fellow NFL players, as well as athletes across all sports and ages.

Ginsburg strolled back her statements after Kaepernick called them “disappointing” when reporters asked for his thoughts on the issues earlier this week.

It is disappointing to hear a justice call a protest against injustices and oppression stupid, dumb in reference to players doing that, Kaepernick told The Mercury News .

I was reading an article and it refers to white critique of black protests and how they try to de-legitimize it by calling it idiotic, dumb, stupid, things of that nature, so they can sidestep the real issue, ” he continued. “As I was reading that I insured more and more truth how this has been approached by people in power and white people in power in particular.

Teammates have joined Kaepernick’s protests.

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Kaepernick’s protests have been met with plenty of backlash. A bar employed his jersey as a doormat. He received death threats. Others who participated lost endorsement bargains.

Kaepernick added that he valued lives over the American flag, referring to Ginsburg’s original comments that likened his protest to flag burning.

“At the end of the day the flag is just a piece of cloth and I am not going to value a piece of cloth over peoples lives, ” he told. “Thats just not something I can do, its not something I feel morally right doing and my character wont allow me to do that.

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