We need to come together and fight for unity. Remaining silent and pretending that racial tensions do not exist will not resolve our race problem. No one group is to blame, we all arrived at this point together, which means that it is necessary that we all work together in order to overcome the division that runs to the very heart of America. Thereasa believes that we can start the healing process by appointing special prosecutors whenever a serious case of police misconduct is reported. This is not because a prosecutor is unable to be unbias, it is because the families of victim's deserve justice.
Police officers are not villains, they have volunteered to protect and serve our communities, but the blue wall of silence is a villain. It threatens every person in our nation, particularly people of color. It is no different than the mantra "Snitches get stitches" that police officers condemn and leads to crimes going unpunished and mistrust in the community. When members of the community don't report, they are failing to act in order to protect their lives. When police officers don't report, they are failing to act in order to protect their friends, at that the expense of hurting the community that they have sworn to protect. Silence is compliance.
Thereasa believes that a federal electronic reporting system needs to be created that allows police officers to report fellow officer’s or their department’s illegal or discriminatory behaviors. The system would have the option to allow anonymous reporting so as to eliminate the intimidation of retribution. Thereasa would also fight for an electronic system that would allow citizens to report police misconduct online that would simultaneously file a report with the federal government and the police station and create a tracker that would show when and how the report was addressed. These systems will allow us to properly track instances of police misconduct and ensure that a safe and fair system exists.
Gentrification has forced groups of people that were once spread out to move into more concentrated areas, which has led to more tension and violence. The answer is not more aggressive police tactics or an increase in prison and jail sentences. The answer is more after school programs to keep our kids off the street, an increased minimum wage so that parents can be home with their children instead of working two or three jobs to make ends meet, and all parents teaching their children the values that were instilled into us, the values of respect to others and self-respect. Make no mistake, their are many problems outside of minority communities that hurt them: minorities are still paid less for the same work, still passed over for jobs that are then given to less qualified non-minorities, still overpoliced, and their families are still being forcefully broken apart, as they have for centuries, only now it's through the prison system. But minority communities need to make changes to the things within our community that we have control over and stop waiting for others to tell us that we matter. If we're afraid to walk around in some of our neighborhoods, how can we expect the police not to be? Black lives matter. They need to matter to everyone, but they also need to matter to us.