Four day ago, the Supreme Court’s most publicly visible Justice, who has gained unusual star power – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, strayed again into non-legal controversy. And, on Friday she backtracked again, demonstrating anew the hazards of unguarded comments off the bench.
In an interview with the Yahoo! broadcast personality Katie Couric during a book-promotion tour on October 10, the Justice was asked about the wave of protests over mistreatment of blacks, started by a professional football player (Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco Forty-Niners), who chose to get down on one knee rather than stand for the playing of the National Anthem before games. The gesture has now been repeated across the land, even at high school sports events.