I missed this one last week so I’m making up for it now.
This makes me sad because I love RBG in almost all things. However, here is what she had to say about Kaepernick’s decision to kneel for the National Anthem:
I think it’s really dumb of them. Would I arrest them for doing it? No. I think it’s dumb and disrespectful.
Ginsburg has a right to her opinion. And she certainly agrees he has a right to act as he had. However, I’m really unpleased she chose the word “dumb” to describe her reaction to his act. Disrespectful? Sure. OK. I mean that’s kind of the point.
To her credit, she walked back her comments later in the week. I’m still concerned she chose to make them in the first place.
I guess the problem is idol worship. Ginsburg is by far my favorite Supreme Court justice. As such, it saddens me when she says something with which I don’t agree. It’s like my brain has delivered a thought that completely disagrees with everything else I thought my brain believed.
Which is, I guess, unfair to Ginsburg. She gets to have bad opinions every now and again. At least she is pretty good at recognizing when she should keep those opinions to herself.
So we’re cool, RBG. Unless Donald Trump gets elected and you retire or die when he’s President. We won’t be able to get past that.
The Principal of the school said he had considered everything and because the young man was only involved in extracurricular basketball, he would not be permitted to wear the letter jacket. He decided to stick with official school policy.
Here’s what he said:
Teachers told the parents they would prefer he not wear the letter on his jacket. We have considered it, and our decision was no. We decided that it is not appropriate in our situation because it is not a varsity level competition.
It seems silly to me that anyone would care if a kid with Downs’ Syndrome wore a letter jacket. If it helps that kid feel like a little less of an outsider, what’s the harm? So you give those letters out as awards to other students. So what?
Do you think those kids are incapable of understanding why that child who can’t participate in “official” sports would want, and deserve, a letter as well?
I just think it’s a shame that policy trumped compassion. Whoever complained about this situation should have their hands smacked with a ruler.