Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke out against Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protests earlier this week, and it didn’t take long for the San Francisco 49ers quarterback to respond.
One day after he was promoted to a starting spot for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, Kaepernick was asked what he thought of Ginsburg saying in an interview with Yahoo News that the protests were “dumb and disrespectful.”
He gave a thoughtful answer to reporters, per the San Jose Mercury News:
“It is disappointing to hear a Supreme Court justice call a protest against injustices and oppression ‘stupid, dumb’ in reference to players doing that. I was reading an article, and it refers to white critique of black protests and how they try to de-legitimize it by calling it ‘idiotic, dumb, stupid,’ things of that nature, so they can sidestep the real issue. 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.”