Jonathan Kotler is suing the California Department of Motor Vehicles for denying his request for a personalized license plate that would read "COY-W." Kotler is a fan of the British Fulham soccer club. The club wears white jerseys, and fans chant "Come on you whites," which is often abbreviated COYW. The DMV says the slogan could be perceived as racist. But Kotler notes that the team's owner Shahid Khan uses the phrase and that at least half the team is non-white.
"My cousin committed suicide while on duty at the armory after coming home from a tour abroad."
In the best of all possible worlds, such actions wouldn't be necessary. In the current climate, boycotting social media might spark a return to a robust marketplace of ideas.
The Utah Supreme Court upheld a six-month suspension without pay, based in part (though not entirely) on these remarks; the judge has a history of past discipline on other grounds as well.
"I want to be clear that the comments I made are not indicative of who I am or who I've become in the years since."