11-year-old boy Sings National Anthem – Performance Followed By Hateful Tweets

San Antonio, Texas born Sebastien De La Cruz, is an 11-year-old boy who sang the national anthem during Game 3 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio, and was the victim of hateful online comments following his first performance.
Despite this, De La Cruz returned to sing the anthem at the start of Game 4. Game 3 was such a blowout for the Spurs that the team asked De La Cruz to return and sing, eager to keep their luck going. The young singer, who was discovered on the TV show America’s Got Talent, was happy to come back.

Shortly after his performance, twitter lit up with hateful, racist comments about Sebastian,many questioning his race, immigration status…even his mariachi outfit. Fortunately, normal thinking Tweeters stepped up and partly due to public shaming, most tweets slamming Sebastian have since been either deleted or the authors have closed their accounts. It’s things like this that make me shake my head and wonder what the hell is wrong with some people?

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De La Cruz’s father, Juan De La Cruz says, says the family didn’t take the comments too personally.”I think people reacted the way they did because Sebastien was wearing his mariachi outfit,” said De La Cruz, “But, it doesn’t make sense to listen to those people when most of the feedback we have gotten is positive. San Antonio supports Sebastien.”
As for Sebastian, this is what he had to say…

Tweet by 11 year old Sebastian De La Cruz

Tweet by 11 year old Sebastian De La Cruz

In an interview when asked what he thought about the controversy, he explained how he was,”from San Antonio- born and raised” and how his dad was,”Actually in the Navy for a pretty long time.”

We should all take a lesson from this kid….

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