OPINION: NY State Senator Jesse Hamilton on why Trump’s America is the new Jim Crow

Last week a Trump supporter called the police on me. My crime? Speaking to residents about immigration. She insisted that I was wrong for fighting Trump, said that “you people” should work for a living, and that I somehow undermined the value of work and America. In her mind, the proper response to me peacefully exercising my First Amendment right was to call 911.  

That 911 call on people of color for a non-emergency can turn a harmless encounter into a tragedy. That 911 call is an...

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