RBG Should Have Known

When her statement came out, I gave RBG the benefit of the doubt that she wouldn’t have shot her mouth off without knowing what she was talking about. I assumed too much.

I also said that her comments that the protest tactic of kneeling during the National Anthem was “dumb”, and comparing it to flag burning were dismissive of the reality in this country of extrajudicial executions of innocent people, disproportionately Black people and POC. I also have no problem with flag burning. A flag is a symbol, and burning it is a symbol. It’s a clear expression of free speech and banning it is unacceptable in a free society.

Here are her new comments: “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. Barely aware of the incident or its purpose, my comments were inappropriately dismissive and harsh. I should have declined to respond.”

I agree that she should have declined to respond. I contend that her new comments show that she agrees with my initial assessment. She recognizes that it is not appropriate to call someone “arrogant” and his tactics “dumb”, when that person is kneeling instead of displaying uncritical patriotism in a country that sanctions killing people like him. She says that she did not understand “the incident or its purpose.”

Therefore, she did not really critique the protest at all, did she?

Instead, she heard about a Black athlete protesting something and called it dumb and arrogant as a first instinct. And she, one of the symbols of the Justice system and an active justice on the country’s highest court, doesn’t really know about a national protest that has been spreading for weeks that is directly relevant to the problems in the criminal justice system which have existed for years.

I’m as disappointed as I was before.