"University of Michigan students and faculty discussed issues of free speech, derogatory terms and minority groups’ efforts to reclaim these terms Monday night at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library. The Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Department and student group WeListen hosted the event, which used the example of The Slants — an Asian-American rock band who went to the U.S. Supreme Court to trademark their name — as a starting point for the presentations and WeListen discussion.
Last week, the A/PIA Department invited The Slants to campus for a concert and a keynote lecture discussing their case. The Slants band name originated as an attempt to reclaim the derogatory term for the A/PIA community. Their trademark was rejected in 2010, but after years of legal battle, the Supreme Court ruled the government could not deny trademark protection to names considered derogatory." (Lawrence, Lizzy. "University faculty talk reclaiming derogatory terms, The Slants Supreme Court decision." Michigan Daily. 9/17/18).