The buzz phrase of the riots of 2020 has become "systemic racism." It rolls off the lips of every cable news hack with ease and has become a part of the lexicon with many in the masses who can not even offer a knowledgable explanation of what it means.

Systemic racism simply implies that racism is so firmly ingrained in our culture, government, and lifestyles that it has become the accepted norm. In other words, we are a racist nation, and our national philosophy is race-centric.

Let's say for a moment that racism is systemic in our society. Why is it? Why has nothing been done to change it?

Systemic racism, according to those who cite it, has been a persistent roadblock to the Black community achieving true racial parity for decades. There is a long history there. Remember, it has been ingrained. It's institutionalized. Yet, Black voters continue to vote for the same Democrats who every four years promise to eliminate the systemic racism. The Democrats have controlled the Black vote for more than a half-century and there is still systemic racism? How could that be?

Black Americans are told #youaintblack unless you vote for the same Democrats over and over again but systemic racism continues to be a problem. For 60 years now Black Americans have been told to vote Democrat to end systemic racism, yet my TV screen is full of images of rioters who are protesting systemic racism.

Albert Einstein once said that "insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result." It seems like he knew a little something about Democrats and the magical, mystical hold they have on the black vote.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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