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The presence of all colors gives you black
by Andrew Barbano
Jul 24, 2013 | 1824 views | 1 1 comments | 100 100 recommendations | email to a friend | print
White is the absence of color. Black is the presence of all colors. That’s one of the few things I remember from high school science.

Alas and alack, America has perverted this wonderful metaphor for human unity.

The killing of Trayvon Martin brought the country’s residual ugliness into focus.

One freedom-loving racist, who’s been sending me stuff for years, forwarded a photo purported to be the “real” Trayvon Martin -- a hairy, burly, muscular tattooed dude scowling at the camera.

I did a quick web search and sent my redneck reader a diplomatic question: Do you ever verify stuff you get before you send it back out?

That photo has sometimes been accompanied by text accusing the dead 17 year-old of being somewhere between Al Capone and Charles Manson. Actually, the guy in the shot is a 32-year-old rapper named The Game. For the first time ever, my benighted correspondent apologized, but the vaccination didn’t take. He began sending out the same picture with new vitriol a few days ago.

Addiction is an ugly thing to behold.

Several others ranted that all the attention to the Trayvon case violates the rights of other victims, namely white and Latino kids, who have been murdered but lack the same media favor.

They unknowingly parallel the rationale for equal protection under the law, something that minorities enjoy diminishing chances of achieving.

These good people apparently don’t realize that media parity is not a solution.

In all the billions of words written and spoken on the Trayvon tragedy/travesty, the bottom line has apparently been overlooked: Guns just make it too damned easy to kill somebody.

There are a lot of people that should never have one, but that’s bad for sales.

Universal background checks would just provide another Band-Aid on a gushing gunshot wound.

The solution is simple, macro not micro.

End the lost war on drugs and stop having government act as a price support system for the abuse business. Invest in treatment to reduce the customer base.

Cut the War Department budget and plow the money into education. 

Expanded economic opportunity represents the closest thing to a cure-all for the ills of society. But such enlightenment would involve dismantling the military- and prison-industrial complexes.

We’ve got so much money invested in the various profit centers of our increasingly efficient killing machines that the republic itself stands endangered.

If there’s more money in treating disease than curing it, there will never be a cure.

Our perverted priorities have resulted in governments at all levels becoming increasingly impotent to provide for their constituents.

Great Depression Part Deux has been narrowly avoided because of government deficit spending. The patient still lies in ICU.

If GD2 finally happens, we may all need guns.

Esté bien. Haga infierno.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano is a 44-year Nevadan, editor of and first vice-president of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Tribune since 1988. E-mail
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August 20, 2013
Andrew Barbano, your Alzheimer affliction must be kicking in a little early at the young age of 44. You begin your article explaining how you verify your information. WHITE is the color the human eye sees when it looks at light which contains all the wavelengths of the visible spectrum. BLACK is obviously the opposite of white, the complete absence of color. If you paid any attention in school, you would have remembered those facts. Your article if filled with incorrect, illogical thought processes.

Claiming we are all the same is like saying a Boxer is the same as a Chihuahua. As you know, they are both "dogs" but completely different breeds.
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