Saturday, June 15, 2013
11-year-old blasted with racism after singing national anthem at NBA Finals game
The boy tweeted after the incident, "I am an American living the American Dream."
Oh, say can you see… that Mexican-Americans are Americans? Apparently some basketball fans cannot.
The now 11-year-old mariachi singer who competed on America’s Got Talent last season sang the national anthem Tuesday, June 11 at the NBA’s third finals game between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs. Sebastien De La Cruz, nicknamed El Charro de Oro, stepped onto the court in his traditional mariachi suit and sang his heart out.
All was well until numerous fans began silently interrupting the little guy with racist tweets. Danny Ramos tweeted @duhmandan, “It’s ironic how a little Mexican boy is singing the national anthem of AMERICA” before deleting his Twitter account. Another tweet, from Francois @A2daO, reads, “This lil Mexican snuck in the country like 4 hours ago now he singin the anthem.” Many other tweets can be found immortalized on this public shaming Tumblr. (Warning: These tweets are really racist!)
Fox San Antonio interviewed De La Cruz the next day.
Racist Posts Flood Social Media About Anthem Singer
“They don’t know my life,” the young singer told Fox. “My father was actually in the navy for a pretty long time, and I actually salute him today for that. I just wanna thank him and to be able to sing the national anthem. 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. True San Antonio Spurs fan.”
De La Cruz replaced Hootie and the Blowfish’s Darius Rucker last minute. Rucker has also received racist tweets recently.
After the national anthem incident, De La Cruz tweeted, “Please do not pay attention to the negative people. I am an American living the American Dream. This is part of the American life.”
Watch De La Cruz sing the anthem: