Modern feminists have embraced Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg so much over the past five years or so especially. She has been nicknamed The Notorious RBG for her decades of outstanding work on women’s rights, reproductive rights and civil rights. Some people believe that RBG should have retired under Pres. Obama’s presidency just because no one know when there would have been a better time for a Democratic president to nominate another liberal lion to the court. Of course, as we can see from Obama’s attempts to replace the late Justice Scalia, having a Dem president is no guarantee.
Anyway, RBG continues to not give a sh-t about much. She has a new book coming out called My Own Words, and she sat down with Katie Couric for an exclusive interview. Couric asked RBG about the Colin Kaepernick situation – where Kaepernick is now kneeling for the National Anthem to protest police violence – and RBG’s response was surprisingly… un-woke? Like, she didn’t put Kaepernick on blast, but she was complimentary either. Some highlights from the conversation:
On Kaepernick’s protest: “I think it’s really dumb of them. Would I arrest them for doing it? No. 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.”
Whether Kaepernick & others are within their rights: “Yes. 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. What I would do is strongly take issue with the point of view that they are expressing when they do that.”
On the constitutionality of Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering America: “I think the question you ask is a question that could come before this court. I can’t answer a hypothetical question when it may turn into a real question. I can’t preview my decision…All I can say is I am sensitive to discrimination on any basis because I have experienced that upset. … I looked at that [“No Dogs Or Jews Allowed”] sign, and I said, ‘I am a Jew, but I’m an American, and Americans are not supposed to say such things.’ America is known as a country that welcomes people to its shores. All kinds of people. The image of the Statue of Liberty with Emma Lazarus’ famous poem. She lifts her lamp and welcomes people to the golden shore, where they will not experience prejudice because of the color of their skin, the religious faith that they follow.”
RBG’s comments on Kaepernick are being called out-of-touch and dismissive, but… just to defend her, she was making a delineation between what she thought of the situation from a legal standpoint and what she thinks of it from a personal standpoint. Legally, Kaepernick has every right to say and do whatever he wants and RBG says as much. But personally, she thinks it’s stupid and wrong. Which is her choice too. I do think she sounds out-of-touch and dismissive here, but that’s the thing about Kaepernick’s protests: older people f—king hate the protests. It’s a massive generational thing. Younger people are more likely to say “stop and listen to what the protesters are saying” where older people (like RBG) are more likely to just wave off Kaepernick and give him a lecture about how it’s not the right time or forum.