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   Everybody knows the dice are loaded.
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed.
   Everybody knows the war is over.
Everybody knows the good guys lost.
   Everybody knows the fight was fixed.
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich.
   That's how it goes.
Everybody knows...
Everybody knows the scene is dead
   But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
   What everybody knows...
   Everybody talking to their pockets.
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
   and a long red rose.
   Everybody knows. Everybody knows.
That's how it goes.
Everybody knows.


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Leon Russell, 1942-2016


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"The redneck god of all gods we bout to go nigger huntin"

So read a recent Snapchat photo caption featuring a Yerington teenager with a rifle, a pistol and a knife. The coverup now goes all the way up to the Lyon County Sheriff's office which shredded three reports about threats and harassment at Yerington High School.

The FBI advised the Reno-Sparks NAACP to refer that issue to Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt.

In the Sparks sphere of influence, cops last week busted a kid who made threats to shoot up Yvonne Shaw Middle School in Spanish Springs.

What else is new? The Washoe County School District ignored NAACP complaints of overt racism at Shaw in 2012.

A year later, Shaw, led by Principal Gina Leonhard, received "a top five-star ranking in the Washoe County School District's Performance Framework. The jump was the biggest in the district among non-elementary schools." (Sparks Tribune 9-26-2013)

In a 12 Oct. 2012 letter to Principal Leonhard, with copies to Superintendent Pedro Martinez and the board of trustees, Reno-Sparks NAACP President-Elect Jeffrey Blanck wrote that "a black female seventh grade student was subject to numerous racial epithets and repeatedly called a 'nigger.' "

Her parents "reported this to the school a minimum of five times. The racial epithets led to (the student) being involved in a fight with one of the students who called her a 'nigger.' (The black student) was suspended but the girl spewing the racial epithets was not. Apparently the students who have called her a 'nigger' have had no discipline whatever and the situation is only escalating...(She was) spat upon by another student who was spewing racial epithets."

Blanck added that the girl was threatened with an organized beating, causing her mother to escort her to school. A huge swastika was painted on the street near the family home.

Signs of "KKK" were flashed at the girl. Complaints to the school were ignored, Blanck wrote. The girl's parents removed her from Shaw. Another African-American girl also left.

"They were told by an assistant principal that everything the school can do has been done," Blanck noted, adding that other incidents led to black student suspensions while the perps walked.

The district response was basically "how dare you?"

Their defense: They've had anti-bullying student "enrichment time" and shown movies. So please go away.

"It is apparent from the pre-disposed, accusatory tone of your letter, your uninformed and unfounded allegations, the recipients on your cc list, and the absence of this office (thereon), that you are not interested in promoting peace and tranquility among the students at YSMS," responded WCSD lawyer Christopher Reich.

"Stopping the hurtful words has been the focus and will continue to be," he concluded.

He didn't mention stopping the hurtful spitting or spraying "KKK" on black student lockers. Similar incidents were reported at Spanish Springs High at the time.

Yerington may have an excuse. Perhaps pollution from the old Anaconda copper pit poisoned the minds of its children.

And maybe their parents. The father of the Snapchat kid with the guns is a former Yerington police officer and now a local athletic coach. Yerington High suspended the kid who posted the photo. That student's father is an active Lyon County Deputy Sheriff.

BLAME THE VICTIMS. The father of two harassed black girls has been threatened with trespassing charges if he shows up at the Yerington HS campus.

At last week's annual NAACP Community Policing Forum, four-time former Branch President Lonnie Feemster asked the wall of cops in attendance "when's the last time you did a t-shirt check?"

The 5 women you meet in Chucky's jail
Caitlin Thomas/Reno News & Review 10-12-2017

He noted that police in other jurisdictions have found sworn officers wearing racist, neo-Nazi and Klan t's under their uniforms. One killed a black man while on duty.

None of the four departments represented, including the Reno and Sparks chiefs, offered a reply. (Washoe County Sheriff Chuck E. Cheese played hooky, perhaps due to last year's questioning.)

PERSISTENTLY POISONOUS PEJORATIVES. Multiple students are reportedly involved in racial threats and harassment in old Pizen Switch, the original name for Yerington that perhaps should have been retained.

Nevada was once nicknamed "Mississippi West," a pejorative which, sadly, often still applies.

Stay tuned.

Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)

ONLINE EXTRAS —>
We Don't Need No Education Part LXXX—>
The poisoning of old Pizen Switch proliferates
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 11-1-2017 Sparks Tribune
We Don't Need No Education Part LXXIX—>
Mississippi West don't need no education
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 10-25-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 10-29-2017 GMT
Window of opportunity: 48 hours for human rights
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 10-11-2017 Sparks Tribune
Las Vegas 2017: Fire is the devil's only friend
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 10-4-2017 Sparks Tribune
Rewriting the Civil War and the Mexican War
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 9-27-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 9-28-2017
Freedom loving racists shoot to rewrite history
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 9-20-2017 Sparks Tribune
Rewriting History
Reno News & Review Editorial: Remove Klansman's sculpture at UNR / 9-14-2017
Virginia City Nevada celebrates Slave Labor Day
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Andrew Barbano is a 49-year Nevadan, executive producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, first vice-president and political action chair of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, labor/consumer/civil rights advocate, member of Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO and editor of NevadaLabor.com and BallotBoxing.US and SenJoeNeal.org and DoctorLawyerWatch.com/ As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Check local listings for other Nevada cable systems. E-mail barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988 and received its 8th Nevada Press Association award and 5th first-place at the 30 Sept. 2017 NPA annual convention in Carson City. (That plaque and about six bucks can get you a Latte Mocha Cotsafracas Chingade at just about any Starbux worldwide, guaranteed.)


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Andrew Barbano is a 49-year Nevadan, editor of NevadaLabor.com and SenJoeNeal.org; and former chair of the City of Reno's Citizens Cable Compliance Committee. He is producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration and serves as first vice-president, political action chair and webmaster of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his opinions are strictly his own. E-mail barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us.

Barbwire by Barbano moved to Nevada's Daily Sparks Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988, and has originated in them parts ever since.
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