Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric interviewed the justice about her life and work. In the interview, Justice Ginsburg called the protest “dumb and disrespectful.”
“Would I arrest them for doing it? No,” Ginsburg explained. “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.”
Couric then asked whether it was “within their rights to exercise those actions?” to which Ginsburg agreed.
“Yes,” said Ginsburg. “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.”
Couric did not ask Ginsburg about the 194 Black Americans who have been killed by police so far this year, as of July. The number has increased since then.
Ginsburg says she is still very much aware of racism.
“All I can say is I am sensitive to discrimination on any basis because I have experienced that upset. … I looked at that sign, and I said, ‘I am a Jew, but I’m an American, and Americans are not supposed to say such things,’” she recalled. “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.”