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Some Racist Bullies Picked A Fight With An 11-Year-Old Kid And Lost In Glorious Patriotic Splendor

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So this amazing kid, Sebastien De La Cruz, a mariachi singer from the last season of "America's Got Talent," was asked at the last moment to sing the national anthem in the town he was born and raised in, San Antonio, Texas, USA, for the NBA Finals.

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Kit B (276)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 6:17 am

So this amazing kid, Sebastien De La Cruz, a mariachi singer from the last season of "America's Got Talent," was asked at the last moment to sing the national anthem in the town he was born and raised in, San Antonio, Texas, USA, for the NBA Finals. He wore his mariachi outfit, which led to every xenophobic and ignorant person on Twitter saying some truly insipid, vile, racist things.

Fortunately for us, he handles such things with typical can-do American spirit. It only takes him 22 seconds to slap the ignorance right off their faces, in the classiest way possible (see the last video at the bottom).

Please watch the Short Video of Sebasten de La Cruz singing the National Anthem.

Sebastien De La Cruz of ”America’s Got Talent” fame opened game three of the NBA Finals Tuesday night and sang the National Anthem. The eleven year old got thunderous applause, but not everyone on Twitter reacted quite so kindly. Some on the social media site made disparaging and negative comments about the Latino boy, and some incorrectly said he was an undocumented immigrant who should not be singing the National Anthem.

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The Twitter comments about De La Cruz were first compiled by the Tumblr Public Shaming. Fans of the tiny mariachi singer immediately rushed to his defense, causing many of De La Cruz’s harsh critics to delete their Twitter accounts. His Facebook page also lit up with praises of his performance and messages of support.

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The young mariachi appeared on a San Antonio local Fox station after his performance and responded to the backlash.

“My father was actually in the Navy for a pretty long time and I actually salute him today for that. People don’t know they just assume that I’m just Mexican, but I’m not from Mexico,” he said. ” I’m from San Antonio born and raised a true Spurs fan.”

Video from Upworthy

Kit B (276)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 6:18 am

Tweets did not come through - many are just below the video.

Gene J (290)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 9:01 am
I don't usually like versions that stray far from the original, maybe because I'm old. I don't like it when some "superstar" tries to overshadow our anthem with their "creativity". But this child with the golden voice strayed but a couple times and those gave me goose bumps. Which is how I choose good music. :^). Tone deaf and all that, but I do know what I like and so does my body. And both like this child. Great response to the insulting morons who demonstrated their ignorance and bigotry for the world to see following his performance. I hope, and expect, we will hear from him again, lots of agains. :^)

Bryna P (139)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 9:30 am
Thank you! He has a magnificent voice and his character sets him above those who would disparage him. The fact that his critics removed their twitter accounts speaks volumes.

Vallee R (280)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 10:25 am
Those tweets were horrible - we are ALL from someplace else - unless you are Native American - than maybe you are from here - so he looks Mexican - his roots are from Mexico. I look Scandavian because my family was from Sweden but I was raised in the USA - people need to stop being so racist! We are all God's children - and no I am not religious - spiritual!

Barbara K (60)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 10:59 am
I saw this kid sing, he is awesome. The hatemongers that mocked him are insignificant pissants.

Sheryl G (363)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 11:54 am
Right at the beginning of the video he was introduced as being born in the USA.

That being said, people need to stop being so hateful at everything. It is over everything and nothing, that some people have to be negative. Grow up, start spending some time being of service to your fellow man or some other cause that is needing great attention.

You are here on Earth, don't abuse it with this pettiness and mean spirited thinking.

He had a wonderful voice, I wish him well into his future, and he showed a lot more maturity than the ill content showed in their twitter comments. I would like to think they'd feel some shame afterwards in hindsight, but I'm afraid they are locked into their darkness.

JL A (281)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 12:48 pm
Kudos to this young man for understanding patriotism and the constitution better than many ignorant adults blinded by irrational hatred.

Michelle M (68)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 5:16 pm
noted. I wish Sebastien a very successful future. Thanx Kit.

Rose B (141)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 5:19 pm
I read this in the paper in Australia, and was shocked by those awful racist tweets

Barb K (1687)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 5:21 pm
And may I add, this young man sang his National Anthem with pride; unlike Roseanne Barr who sang it off-key on PURPOSE and completely turned me OFF of liking her!! I never even liked her all that much. She completely made a FOOL OF HERSELF!! But SEBASTAN, HE CAN SING!! GOD BLESS HIM FOR UNDERSTANDING THE TRUE MEANING OF BEING AN AMERICAN!!! Thnx Kit!!

Theodore S (56)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 5:25 pm
Classy kid.

None None (0)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 5:37 pm

Lois J (63)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 5:48 pm
Noted. Stupid, ignorant racist people tweet stupid, racist, ignorant things. I thought the boy did a great job. I just wondered why the mainstream media picked up on this and gave those tweeters air time.

Marcia S (1)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 6:26 pm
Truly inspiring. One of the best presentations of the national anthem i've heard in a very long time. Often whoever sings at such events so mangles the song that it's barely recognizable. You go, Sebastian!

Elisa F (235)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 7:11 pm
Sebastien did a wonderful job. I am proud of him and would be if he were from the moon. Like others who have posted before me, the HATERS were/are in the WRONG.

Judith H (55)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 7:29 pm
Noted. I remember seeing a news clip of the boy and being astounded by two things: first, that he didn't get a rousing standing ovation and, second, that he was so mature and grounded in his response. It was good to hear the anthem again and to see the second video. I lived in San Antonio for a time and loved the mariachis, so it was fun to see him proudly wear his outfit for the singing. How absolutely stupid and, really, disgusting so many of the comments made. It really reflects so poorly on America. What shines through, though, is his beautiful nature; this boy's father should stand proud on Father's Day. He did one heck of a good job!

Vinnie m (334)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 7:33 pm
I didn't watch the game. I don't care for it. But saw the story about Sebastian, on the World Nightly News. My grandchildren were born in San Antonio and they're Americans too. So at least this kid didn't come out with his underwear showing. Now, that's disgusting. You're right Val. Everyone is from someplace else unless you're like Me. A Comanche Warrior. You know Texas used to belong to Mejico, till the white man stole that too, but that's another story for another time. Kid spoke intelligently and won a lot of hearts. You go Kiddo !!

Robert O (12)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 7:34 pm
Picking on a child. For shame! How low can they go? Some people need to realize that differences and diversity helped make this country great and that it is not the exclusive domain of rich, conservative White (mostly) men and also Latino does not automatically mean immigrant. One can till be proud of their heritage and still be a patriotic American. He did a great job singing the anthem, much better than many superstar singers ever did. I'm curious to know also what Darius Rucker's thoughts are about all of this since Sebastien filled in for him at the last moment.

Beth S (330)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 7:39 pm
Wow! What an incredible voice for an 11 year old! And he knew all the lyrics! That is more than a lot of non-Hispanic-background citizens I know, who get stuck after "O say can you see."

I think I remember a few years ago hearing about a cop pulling someone over in the south (U.S.) and he asked the person where he/she was from and the person said New Mexico. The cop wanted to know why this driver was driving in the U.S. if he/she was from a foreign country. The driver said, "New Mexico IS in the U.S." and the cop didn't believe her/him.

The tweeted remarks and the anecdote above just go to show that even though there are many areas where equal opportunity doesn't exist, it certainly is not in the field of stupidity and bigotry.

Laurie H (817)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 8:14 pm
Beautifully stated, Sheryl. This boy has such remarkable talent, I had seen him perform before. In my world, there is NO ROOM for Bigotry and hate. This boy is so amazing and proudly represents our country! Thanks so much Kit!~

patrica and edw j (190)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 9:03 pm
Amazing talent. The ignorant will always be with us unfortunately.

Roxie H (350)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 9:28 pm
Brought tears to my eyes. Can you imagine the courage to get up and sing? For ANYONE to do that is an incredible feat. This young guy was awesome. I hope he never looks back at anything negative, looks forward and keeps strong. Its small people with teeny minds that smash young hopes and keeps people stifled. This is what makes Big Money and Evil spread, if they can oppress greatness. KEEP SINGING Sebastien!! YOU ROCK!

Gillian M (218)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 4:19 am
In Star Trek, the original series and Star Trek II, the film, Khan Noonien Singh, who was Asian, was actually played by Ricardo Montalbán, a Mexican actor. He was incredible in both parts as well as the others that I have seen him in. Yet I have seen many people say, "He's only a Mexican", being derisory about his origin. .

Montalbán's portrayal has been positively received by critics and fans; Khan was voted one of the ten greatest film villains by the Online Film Critics Society.

Why am I commenting on this here? Because it shows very clearly that the background of the actor was more important than his ability. Why should it be? A person who performs well is just that, a person who performs well. To me, it was even more blatant when a white actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, was cast as Khan in the new film.

This boy has had the strength to overcome the racism and blatant dislike of his background and win over the hearts of so many. By doing so he proves that he is so much more than "just a Mexican" but a strong and vibrant person who should have a great future in front of him regardless of his choices. Well done Sebastien, I look forward to hearing more from you.


Kerrie G (116)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 4:38 am
Noted, thanks.

Kit B (276)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 6:05 am

Yes, Beth ignorance is rife in this world, whether it be in the US or elsewhere.

The name Kahn is of Mongolian origins.

The United States is not composing a bill for legal immigration, just listen to or read the current discussions. This is bill of how to avoid or delay Mexican/United States immigration.


Past Member (0)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 7:13 am
I think he's immensely talented! And I signed a petition 4 him! Thanks Kit

Arielle S (313)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 7:37 am
Yes, we are all from somewhere.... and we're also not the only "Americans" - people from South America and Central America are also Americans, are they not? So, I'm not sure why we think we are so above everyone else. This boy is very talented and he's also very classy.... he may become president some day, how about that one, Tweeters?

Freya H (357)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 7:37 am
Bravo Sebastien! You are far more of an American than the [bleeps] who attacked you. The USA is a nation of immigrants. What's wrong with someone of Mexican extraction singing the National Anthem? Nearly everybody who lives here has roots that don't go back more than a dozen or so generations. My ancestors came from all over the map.

A Mexican singing the National Anthem is just as American as someone of German, Irish, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, French, Arabic, African, Italian, Vietnamese, etc. ancestry doing the same.

Caroline S (78)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 7:41 am
Sad, sad, to see so many ignorant and stupid tweets...
Bravo Sebastien, tu es bien plus mature qu'eux!

Ravenna C (20)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 9:46 am
Ignorant Jerks. I can't imagine listening to the sweet boy and thinking anything other than how great he sounded and how cute he looked. Good for him for showing his grace and strength in the face of bigotry. Those qualities will serve him well in life.

Those that made such hateful comments and tweets should learn from this young man. Maybe if they looked to his example they could rectify whatever went wrong in their own lives that made them behave so shamefully.

Monica T (278)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 10:26 am
A salute for this kid!

What a classy way to slap the ignorant bullies in their face...

Beth M (138)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 3:45 pm
I love when the right people win! What a voice on the young gentleman!

Joanne D (38)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 5:30 pm
New Mexico has been having the problem of being thought a foreign country for so long and so seriously that New Mexico magazine, a monthly, can fill a page every month called "One of our fifty is missing" with idiot stories like the one Beth tells.I don't think these bigots care much where a person was born, just think Hspanics don't belong here, think they are somehow "less." That's how bigotry works, isn't it?

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 7:11 pm
Saw this on the news The racists can get stuffed

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Monday June 17, 2013, 4:04 am
Interesting article and video. I don't live in the U.S. but the child has a marvellous voice and to hear that some people were tweeting nasty remarks about such a talented singer is shocking and very sad.
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