The recent event at Palmdale’s Summerwind Elementary School where four adults showcased themselves holding a noose is absolutely disgusting. However, it highlights the urgent need for us — as a community — to acknowledge the fact that racism exists. None of us have escaped its insidious grasp. We need to begin facing the very real and painful history of our nation. Although, we may not have been the architects of slavery or racist oppression, we have been unwitting and active participants in the systems and structures that continue to promote its destructive aims.