This is my first diary but not my first posting online.  This diary grew out of a response I made on a message board regarding Betty Baye's last column.  She was writing about standing up to institutional racism (the disproportionate representation of black men in the prison system) and taking the fight to the courts.  The message boards then went on and on about how they felt Ms. Baye was wrong because it implied that she hadn't considered that black men had broken laws and were being punished.