During halftime at the San Antonio Spurs championship NBA match, 11-year-old America’s Got Talent sensation Sebastien De La Cruz, sang America’s national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner. Instead of showing respect and admiration for a young boy with the courage to sing in front of millions of Americans, bigots took to Twitter with racist rants against this innocent child–even though Sebastien, born in Texas and raised by a U.S. Navy sailor, couldn’t be more American.
Thanks to the Public Shaming Tumblr page, we have a compilation of the tweets aimed at De La Cruz.
“This lil Mexican snuck in the country like 4 hours ago now he singing the anthem” –@A2daO
“This kid is Mexican why is he singing the national anthem #yournotamerican #gohome” –@Gordon_Bombay24
“Who dat lil #Wetback sangin the national anthem at the #Heat game????” –@Tj_Tha_Dj
“Can’t believe they had the nerve to have a beaner sing the national anthem of AMERICA #smh” –@bdub597
“Is this the American National Anthem or the Mexican Hat Dance? Get this lil kid out of here.” –@A1R_STEVEN
“Mexican kid singing the National Anthem now that’s pretty f**ked up! #AmericaFirst” –@D_nig_
“miami =cute white girl sings national anthem san Antonio= gets alittle Mexican to sing it .. i thought this was america!!!” –@jacked_doc
“F**K THIS MEXICAN SINGING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM THIS IS BULLS**T” –@KingBilly_SWAG
“Bet u that lil beaner hopped the border just to sing the national anthem” –@R_D_M_15
“Who this Mexican jit singin my national anthem at the spurs game” –@bigbenlf4l
“Who let this illegal alien sing our national anthem?” –@MCyrus2
Adding insult to injury, De La Cruz was actually singing in front of his hometown, as he was born and raised in San Antonio. In an interview, Sebastien took the high road and showed these bigots what it means to be American, responding to their Tweets with class and composure.
Judging from their response to the election and reelection of our first African-American president, it is only safe to assume that these bigots will next be demanding to see this child’s birth certificate, since anybody with talent and patriotism cannot, in their eyes, possibly be anything but white-skinned. It seems the fear of an ever-changing America makes these racists explode in bigotry each time they feel that they are losing control of the old white Christian male power structure.
If only they were to actually follow the words and intentions of our founding fathers, they would welcome and embrace little Sebastien and his patriotic and powerful rendition of our national anthem.
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Watch the video of Sebastien’s performing here: