Have you heard about die-ins? They are all the rage in the aftermath of the Ferguson. Mo. riot, which occurred in response to a grand jury’s refusal to indict white police officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black male.
At a die-in for any cause, protesters collectively get down on the ground and pretend to be dead. The tactic is a favorite of environmental activists, AIDS activists, gun control activists — the whole spectrum of leftist demonstrating, really.
But what’s a protester to do while dying in? It’s not like the world stops. You’ve still got email. There’s still Facebook and Instagram. Angry Birds and WhatsApp beckon.
And so it was that “dead” participants at a die-in this week at George Washington University stopped being dead periodically to check their mobile phones.
The demonstration also included chants of “No Justice, No Peace. No Racist Police” and a non-stirring rendition of “We Shall Overcome,” an essential anthem of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s.