New York Times reconsiders its position on offensive speech, is cool with First Amendment again

The Supreme Court on Monday decided the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office couldn’t deny a trademark to the Slants, an Asian-American band, on the basis that the name could be considered disparaging.

Following that decision, which the New York Times decided was “the right call,” the paper had a change of heart over its stance on the Washington Redskins.

Make no mistake: the editorial board still considers the name offensive, but apparently the Supreme Court’s 8—0 ruling that the First Amendment protects offensive speech provided a needed wake-up call during a dangerous time, when gangs of masked “antifascists” take it upon themselves to police peaceful assemblies for “hate speech” and apply pepper spray as they see fit.

Here’s a real challenge:

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