Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg apparently believes her comments about “dumb and disrespectful” national anthem protests were, well, dumb and disrespectful.
The 83-year-old jurist has apologized for her remarks about NFL players who have opted not to stand for the anthem.
“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,” Justice Ginsburg said in a statement, via ESPN.com. “Barely aware of the incident or its purpose, my comments were inappropriately dismissive and harsh. I should have declined to respond.”
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who launched the protests during the preseason, had reacted to Justice Ginsburg’s initial remarks, prior to her apology.
“It is disappointing to hear a Supreme Court justice call a protest against injustices and oppression ‘stupid, dumb’ in reference to players doing that,” Kaepernick said, via the San Jose 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. 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.”
Kaepernick has explained that the protest arises from concerns regarding the manner in which some police officers interact with African-Americans and people of color. Kaepernick specifically has raised the question of the training requirements for police officers.