My knowledge of the student sit-in at WSU is secondhand, from what I read in the Daily News and The Spokesman Review. The Daily News reported that the students at the sit-in "argued for a differentiation between speech and hate speech, which would not be protected under the law." This is a false statement. The Supreme Court, most recently in Matal v. Tam (2017), has ruled that there is no "hate speech" exception to the First Amendment. The Spokesman Review said only that the students "asked for a clear policy defining free speech and hate speech." There seems to be no purpose to doing so, since hate speech is protected speech.
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