Jus­tice: Kaeper­nick protest ‘dumb’

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

AS a le­gal scholar, Supreme Court jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg sup­ports the de­ci­sion by San Fran­cisco 49ers quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick and other ath­letes to protest racial in­jus­tice by re­fus­ing to stand for the na­tional an­them. But per­son­ally? She doesn’t like it one bit.

“Would I ar­rest them for do­ing it? No,” Gins­burg said in a Ya­hoo in­ter­view with Katie Couric. “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.”

Kaeper­nick started a trend by re­fus­ing to stand dur­ing pre­sea­son games to protest po­lice killings of black men.

“I am not go­ing to stand up to show pride in a flag for a coun­try that op­presses black peo­ple and peo­ple of color,” Kaeper­nick the NFL Net­work’s Steve Wy­che in August. “To me, this is big­ger than foot­ball and it would be self­ish on my part to look the other way. There are bod­ies in the street and peo­ple get­ting paid leave and get­ting away with mur­der.”

Kaeper­nick con­tin­ues his protest and other foot­ball play­ers, high school ath­letes, WNBA and NBA play­ers have since joined in, among other sports.

Gins­burg, of course, recog­nises their First Amend­ment rights.

“If they want to be stupid, there’s no law that should be pre­ven­tive. If they want to be ar­ro­gant, there’s no law that pre­vents them from that,” she said. “What I would do is strongly take is­sue with the point of view that they are ex­press­ing when they do that.”

Gins­burg found her out­spo­ken­ness to be a prob­lem over the sum­mer, when she blasted Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nominee Don­ald Trump.

“I can’t imag­ine what this place would be – I can’t imag­ine what the coun­try would be – with Don­ald Trump as our pres­i­dent,” Gins­burg told The New York Times’ Adam Lip­tak and went on to call him a “faker”. “For the coun­try, it could be four years. For the court, it could be – I don’t even want to con­tem­plate that.”

Trump re­sponded that Gins­burg, 83, should re­sign: “her mind is shot”.

Gins­burg later said that she re­gret­ted her com­ments and promised to “be more cir­cum­spect” in the fu­ture.

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