- The Washington Times - Friday, October 14, 2016

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Friday that she regrets her criticism of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, calling her comments “inappropriately dismissive” of the purpose behind his national anthem protests.

“Barely aware of the incident or its purpose, my comments were inappropriately dismissive and harsh,” Justice Ginsburg, 83, said in a statement, Reuters reported. “I should have declined to respond.”

Justice Ginsburg told Yahoo News’ Katie Couric Monday that Mr. Kaepernick and other football 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,” she 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.”

Mr. Kaepernick said Justice Ginsburg’s criticism 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,” he said Tuesday.

“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.”

It’s the second time in recent months that Justice Ginsburg has apologized for her comments to the press. In July, she admitted she made a mistake when she said she couldn’t “imagine what the country would be with Donald Trump as our president.”

“Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office,” she later said, admitting her remarks were “ill-advised.”

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