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.

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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

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It is unbelievable, even if the kid was not american he did a wonderful job and performed better than any celebrity.I wonder why no one was ouraged when Beyonce sang the national anthem.
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The problem, Michelle, is that he's not "Mexican-American" he is either Mexican, or American, where was he born? The hyphenated American is from days of old.
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One other ugly side to it all, is then many on the offended side feel they must politicize it as well and make nearly equal hate comments back at either conservative or Republican European Americans. Despite the fact that many who left hate comments were not White. This happened all over on the Huffington Post page in reference to the Cheerios commercial.
Most Americans do not know that Spanish Explorers and Missionaries named the mission and the river, San Antonio de Podova in 1691. In 1717, San Antonio (Texas) was started as a Spanish Colony. Spanish people have lived here since then. Most of us are not new immigrants. What these Anglo-Saxons are writing about Sebastien de la Cruz proves that we need to teach the real history of Texas (New Mexico; Arizona; Colorado; and California)to every one in the USA. We were here first! Thank you, Sebastien de la Cruz, for a job well done! And keep on singing! Marco Garza
Great point made by Marco Garza. It makes me so angry that the Anglo continue to claim this land as their own. As he said history clearly gives us a whole different story. Just because the child is Mexican doesn't give anyone the right to tell him he can or cannot do something. A dream is only as real as you make it and that is what he is doing; living his dream. Wasn't it the "white" man who wrote, "this land is your land, this land is my land from CA to the NY island"?? For all those out their passing judgement and ridicule please don't be so hypocritical. Educate yourselves and your children before you make IGNORANT comments. :)
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