I heard equally despicable opinions from the "More Millions" group on the Mall today. And how about the black march organizer that C-Span had on Thursday who called for the "extermination of whites worldwide". Yet these groups continuously get public platforms.
Farrakhan is a self-professed black supremacist.
No one is excusing looting and anarchy. Arrest them all.
As I posted #65 and #120...
Exceptions established by the courts to the First Amendment protections include the following: Defamation; Causing panic; Fighting words; Incitement to crime; Sedition; Obscenity.
Fighting words: In the famous case of Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the First Amendment does not protect "fighting words -- those which by their very utterance inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace." (315 U.S. 568, 572 )
Note that the harm involved is physical harm caused by someone else who was provoked by the speaker whose speech is being suppressed. The fact that someone else flies into a rage and causes physical harm results in justifying suppression of speech by another person.
It is simply not a cut-and-dried issue.