Sometimes all it takes is a quick word to put an end to a racist remark or an off-color joke.

In the wake of racist remarks made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, that is what Sandra Thompson, president of York NAACP, is encouraging people to do in such situations.

"The negative has the loudest voice, and we need more people to stand up and oppose it," she said.

The NBA on Tuesday sanctioned Sterling, which includes a life-long ban from the league and a $2.5 million fine.

Fans, players, former players and even President Barack Obama showed outrage after Sterling's remarks were made public over the weekend.

However, Lori Uhrich of West York said on Facebook that she doesn't agree with the league-imposed punishment since Sterling had previously made racist remarks.

"He had been making racist comments and doing racist things for years and now they want to punish him?," she said. "Shouldn't he have been punished at the beginning?"

For its part, the national NAACP is attempting to hold talks with the NBA on the impact of Sterling's remarks and its outcome.

Despite the perceived advancement of humankind into a more tolerate and understanding species, Thompson said bigotry is far from a thing of the past.

"This is the 21st century. However, we are still dealing with bigotry," she said.

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