- The Washington Times - Friday, October 14, 2016

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s criticism of his national anthem protests was “disappointing” and further evidenced that “white people in power” will seek to delegitimize and diminish the black cause.

“It is disappointing to hear a Supreme Court justice call a protest against injustices and oppression ‘stupid, dumb’ in reference to players doing that,” Mr. Kaepernick said Tuesday after it was announced he would take over for Blaine Gabbert, The Mercury News reported.

“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,” he said. “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.”

Mr. Kaepernick’s comments came after Justice Ginsburg told Yahoo News’ Katie Couric that his and other players’ decision to kneel or raise their fists during the national anthem to protest racial inequality in America was “dumb” and “disrespectful.”

“Would I arrest them for doing it? No,” Justice Ginsburg, 83, said Monday. “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.

“If they want to be stupid, there’s no law that should be preventive,” she said. “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.”

Mr. Kaepernick said people are getting their emotions too wrapped up in the flag, instead of what the flag represents.

“People are getting too caught up in the flag,” he said, The Mercury News reported. “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 people’s lives. That’s just not something I can do, it’s not something I feel morally right doing and my character won’t allow me to do that.”

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