Racism isn’t new to Palmdale and the Antelope Valley, residents say

Demonstrators surround a makeshift memorial under the tree where Robert Fuller was found hanging a block from Palmdale City Hall. Photo by Ringo Chiu / Reuters.

Robert Fuller was found dead, hanging from a tree in Palmdale last week. Law enforcement labeled his death a suicide, but protesters say officials have been too quick to rule out foul play, especially since Fuller was the second black man in two weeks found this way in Southern California. Antelope Valley residents like Rev. V. Jesse Smith say racism isn’t new to the area.