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It's exceedingly rare for the Supreme Court to decide unanimously on anything. When Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Clarence Thomas agree on a constitutional matter? Maybe we should pay attention to their argument.

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American laws are very different than those of other Western democracies, in that we place far fewer limits on what people can say—and defenders of free speech say that's the valuable aspect of our system.

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The classic argument for why racist or bigoted speech should still be protected: banning it just drives hate underground. Better to have it out in the open for all to see.

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And who decides what is hate? As Trevor Noah pointed out, what if the Trump administration decided that Black Lives Matter was a hate group whose speech should be suppressed?

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But others argue speech made to incite violence deserves no First Amendment protection.

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Many were furious when the ACLU supported white supremacists marching in Portland, especially in the wake of a brutal hate crime where two men died.

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It's easy to style yourself First Amendment champion when you are not on the receiving end of hate speech and violence regularly, like so many Black, Muslim, and LGBT Americans are.

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Everyone has their own idea of whose speech should be protected and whose crosses the line into inciting violence.

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