Sebastien De La Cruz's National Anthem performance at NBA Finals proves racism is thriving on Twitter
Remember Sebastien De La Cruz, the adorable and incredibly skilled young Mexican American mariachi singer who appeared on America's Got Talent last season? Last night, he opened up game three of the NBA Finals by performing the National Anthem in San Antonio, Texas (where the home team, the Spurs, battled it out with the Miami Heat).
That's a gig that would be a lot of pressure for anyone, let alone an 11-year-old, but De La Cruz nailed it. Unfortunately, his amazing display of talent was tainted by an eruption of disgustingly racist tweets that followed his performance.
The Tumblr "Public Shaming" compiled many of the comments made on the social media site, questioning why a "little Mexican kid" was singing the anthem ... and let me tell you, they are truly vile. The unbelievably mean taunts at his expense actually made me gasp in horror. Some people even went so far as to call De La Cruz an illegal immigrant (and WORSE)--never mind that he was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas!
Seriously, what is WRONG with people these days? Do they really not understand how someone can be Hispanic AND American? And that being one doesn't make him any less of the other? It's beyond horrifying to see that ignorance like this is still so prevalent these days and even worse, to realize that people are cruel enough to target their hatred towards an 11-year-old kid.
All De La Cruz was trying to do was pay tribute at an important game of his home state's team and he did it remarkably well. I mean, let's face it, that kid has more talent in his little finger than most people--including his critics--have in their entire body. But instead of commending him for his skill, a bunch of haters just had to turn it into something ugly. It's sick and also incredibly saddening.
Thankfully, not everyone participated in this gross show of blatant racism. There were also plenty of good souls out there (y'know, those with REAL American spirit) who rushed to the little kid's defense on Twitter. "He's probably got more roots in here than most 'Americans,'" one user wrote.
Well, I'm glad to hear that some people get it. And at least, De La Cruz doesn't seem to be taking these comments to heart. "Please do not pay attention to the negative people. I am an American living the American Dream. This is part of the American life," he tweeted.
I love how De La Cruz responded in such an incredibly mature manner and am just glad that he realizes he is not the one in the wrong here. I only hope he also recognizes that at 11 years old, he is already lightyears ahead of any of the idiots raining on his parade. And with his skill, charisma and growing success, I have no doubt he'll be the one having the last laugh.
Watch De La Cruz performance of the National Anthem here:
Image via YouTube