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Local NAACP leaders support NBA decision

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 Ray Wood, president of the Toledo NAACP Chapter, says NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the right move on Tuesday.
    
The Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling came under fire this week after a taped conversation was released, where he made several racist comments.  Tuesday afternoon the commissioner announced Sterling had been banned for life from the NBA and would have to pay a $2.5 million fine.

Wood says the quick response from the organization sent a powerful message.

"You can't control what goes on in a person's mind but you are accountable for how it's manifested and presented," says Wood.  "Their action had to be swift, strong and decisive, and it was."

National NAACP leaders praised the NBA commissioner for Tuesday's decision.  But some criticized the civil rights organization for its earlier choice to give Sterling his second lifetime achievement award this year.
    
In a statement, NAACP officials reversed that decision and said they're developing guidelines to improve the award selection process...a move local leaders agree with.

"We don't want people to think the NAACP mission is for sale," says the Toledo chapter vice-president, Micheal Alexander.  "And that's the persona that is being put out there now."

Both Toledo men say open, community conversations about race and discrimination are necessary nationwide.  It won't change everything, but it could help.

"If we can do it bit by bit, community by community, city by city, and state by state, we might be able to make a difference," says Wood.

"We need to address this on a national level because it is national, it even affects us here in Toledo," said Alexander.

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