Mexican-American Boy Hit With Racist Comments for Singing U.S. National Anthem

June 14, 2013 06:55:00 GMT

Sebastien De La Cruz, a 11-year-old boy who sings 'Star-Spangled Banner' at a game of the NBA Finals, receives racist comments from social media users.

Mexican-American Boy Hit With Racist Comments for Singing U.S. National Anthem
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Donning mariachi outfit, Sebastien De La Cruz stood in front of the crowd at the San Antonio's AT&T on Tuesday, June 11, to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner". However, Sebastien's flawless performance sparked negative reactions. NBA fans who watched the game between San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat from their televisions posted racist hate tweets addressed to the 11-year-old singer.

"Why is a foreigner singing the national anthem. I realize that's San Antonio but that still ain't Mexico," a Twitter user said. Another hate tweet coming from a different user read, "How you singing the national anthem looking like an illegal immigrant?"

Coming to Sebastien's defense is San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. He tweeted on Thursday, June 13, "Sebastien de la Cruz, your rendition of the national anthem was spectacular! Don't let a few negative voices get you down."

Actress Eva Longoria also supported Sebastien, tweeting, "As a Mexican-American, I am so proud of Sebastien De La Cruz, a great symbol of what America is today!"

Sebastien was at the game to replace Darius Rucker, who canceled his scheduled performance at the last minute. Responding to the hate tweets, the former "America's Got Talent" contestant said, "With the racist remarks, it was just people -how they were raised. My father and my mama told me you should never judge people by how they look."

Despite being born to Mexican-American parents, Sebastien insisted that he's a proud American. "My father was actually in the [U.S.] Navy for a really long time," the fifth-grader said. "People don't know; they just assume that I'm just Mexican. But I'm not from Mexico. I'm from San Antonio, born and raised, a true San Antonio Spurs fan."


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posted by Aniza on Jan 28, 2014
Most Americans alive today descend from immigrants. It is very saddening that having such a culturally-rich country can be solely focused on what "American culture" is, part of the appeal of American is diversity and supposedly freedom and equality for its citizens. I'm Mexican and despite the fact that I know there are so many good people in the U.S., the only things we are shown about the U.S. is this.
posted by Tata on Jun 22, 2013
Is there a true way to let go that false pride of you, and drop the idea that America is only the USA? Latin America is still America, is useless to try to divide a continent just because there's a change in the skin color.
posted by JMV on Jun 17, 2013
You go boy! U will always have ppl hating on u for a talent the dnt have .. Be proud of who u ! That's y the hate cuz u ain't tryin to b like them!
posted by John Curry on Jun 15, 2013
Sebastien and the Spurs have each gained a new fan....Me! Unfortunately, bigots are still alive and well in this country, aren't they
posted by Lillieh12 on Jun 14, 2013
He looks awfully proud singing the National Anthem. He is Mexican, but born here and is showing true loyalty to his country America. Leave him be.

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