At some point I may have something useful to say about the police slaying of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. But for now, I’d just observe that the tactic being deployed by protesters in Ferguson–approaching police officers in riot gear with their hands over the heads and crying “Don’t Shoot!”–is one of the most effective and sympathetic non-violent protest maneuvers since Selma, or perhaps since Gandhi’s campaigns in India. It’s just brilliant and tragic at the same time.
Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.More by Ed Kilgore