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UPDATE: 11-Year-Old National Anthem Singer Responds To Racist Tweets

by Jean Ann Esselink on June 13, 2013

in Discrimination,Immigration,Jean Ann Esselink,News

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darius ruckerDarius Rucker, (left) the country singer who was once a member of the rock band Hootie and the Blowfish, was scheduled to sing the Star Spangled Banner before last Tuesday night’s NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat. But Rucker had a last minute travel snafu, so eleven year old Sebastien De La Cruz, who made his mark on the NBC television show, “America’s Got Talent,” was asked by the Heat to be a last minute replacement.

Sebastien wowed the crowd, singing a wonderful rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” without accompaniment, and he received a rousing ovation. You can watch his performance in the video below:

Not bad for an eleven-year old on very short notice, wouldn’t you say? But not everyone lauded the young singer in his mariachi costume. Before Sebastien even had time to leave the arena floor, Twitter broke out in a flurry of xenophobic and racist tweets, using the hashtags #gohome, and #yournotamerican.

“This lil Mexican snuck into the country like 4 hours ago now he singing the anthem” read one.

“WHY DO MIAMI HEAT FANS GOT DIRTY MEXICAN FIVE YEAR OLDS SINGING THE ANTHEM” said another.

You get the picture, I’m sure, and  I want to wash my hands just from typing those words, but if you would like to see the ugliness for yourself, Tumblr has them chronicled here on their Public Shaming Page.

Sebastian has his supporters of course, and they defended him on both Twitter and Facebook, causing some of the offenders who posted racist tweets to close down their Twitter accounts. But it was young Sebastian who was his own best defender. Watch below as he lets his attackers know, he was born in Texas. His father served in the Navy. And he is every bit, a proud American.

He never called a name. Never used a swear word. Never made a threat. He never even raised his voice. He made those responsible for the Twitter insults seem like the ones who were un-American. Sebastien De La Cruz is a shining example of why this country truly is “the home of the brave.”

UPDATE 5:45 PM: 
“Sebastien De La Cruz, known as San Antonio’s  “Little Mariachi,” did such a fantastic job singing “The Star- Spangled Banner” the first time, the Spurs have invited him back for an encore,” My San Antonio reports, adding an exciting development:

That’s the word from a reliable source, who said the 11-year-old, a former “America’s Got Talent” semifinalist, will return to perform the national anthem in the AT&T Center before tonight’s Game 4 of the Spurs-Heat series.

 

Sebastien’s image screenshot via YouTube 

Darius Rucker photo via his Facebook Page

tncrmJean Ann Esselink is a straight friend to the gay community. Proud and loud Liberal. Closet writer of political fiction. Black sheep agnostic Democrat from a conservative Catholic family. Living in Northern Oakland County Michigan with Puck the Wonder Beagle.

Follow me on Twitter as @Uncucumbered or friend me on Facebook.

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{ 11 comments }

rainey13 June 13, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Way to go, Sebastien – both the performance and your reply. It's appalling that so many idiots would use the anonymity of the internet to attack an 11 year old boy.

melissia45 June 13, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Maybe the reason why they got this little "Mexican" kid to sing our National Anthem is because most of you haters don't know the song and can't sing worth a lick. Only psychos go after kids!

melissia45 June 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Congratulations Sebastian! You are a very remarkable child with one of the greatest gifts God could ever give anyone and he blessed you with it! Keep up the great work!

stemke2010 June 13, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Sebastian did a great job with the anthem. He also showed a lot more poise and maturity than his detractors.

Str8Grandmother June 13, 2013 at 7:15 pm

I don't know why people are so mean. Especially to children. That meanness breaks my heart and makes me cry. What makes some people so mean? I honestly don't get it.

jhr459 June 13, 2013 at 8:33 pm

I don't get it either, Gram; I just don't get it.

Beverly June 14, 2013 at 12:37 am

Wow, and here I had just said to someone that between Sebastiens performance tonight and our local girl, 10 year old Julia Dale at Game 2 in Miami, we should just have kids sing the National Anthem at major events from now on. They both knocked it out of the park!!!!! I find the verbal vomit spewed at him disgusting. His response shows he has more integrity, grace and poise in his little finger than all of them put together. Kudos to you Sebastien!!!

iaeg June 14, 2013 at 2:44 pm

AWESOME job Sebastien!! You showed the idiots who posted that you are an American, and your dad has helped keep America free (even the a-hole, POS posters who are full of hate)! Also, you have better parents than what they will ever have and what characters they are could never compare to you or your parents!! You keep doing what you are doing and you are such a mature little man! How proud I am to have you as am American, and really, I dont give a crap if you were from Mexico! Perhaps the ones who are being hateful should be sent to Mexico, Iraq and so forth and maybe their attitudes will change if they dont die!
Usted está en la tierra, que es un ángel enviado desde arriba, sin odio, pero lleno de amor! Va a ser algo grande un día y siga siempre sus sueños! Dios te bendiga y su familia! Esto es de una persona blanca que tiene la mitad de los niños mexicanos!

rpmsf June 14, 2013 at 7:20 pm

so, I didn't hear anything when Whitney Houston sang the National Anthem… she was African American and yet no problem with her singing… and what about the singers before them who were from another country?? Why did Arnold Schwarzenegger become governor of California?? These so call racist are only jealous that a Mexican American boy from an immigrant family has come this far.. some of these so called American just lay on their fat ass and screw

dakotahgeo June 15, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Actually, you are being too kind in your description… most of them probably can't screw appropriately or have the "equipment" to perform such a task! Stupid hillbilly nematodes!!! This beautiful young man has one of the most beautiful voices I've heard in my lifetime. He's got gifts most people only dream about. God Bless you, young Sabastien, and put that voice to good use!

Jarred Harris June 15, 2013 at 5:35 pm

This is a great story. However, I'm bothered by one part of the article:

He never called a name. Never used a swear word. Never made a threat. He never even raised his voice. He made those responsible for the Twitter insults seem like the ones who were un-American. Sebastien De La Cruz is a shining example of why this country truly is “the home of the brave.”

Okay, I certainly agree that his response was incredible and well-measured. However, if it had not been so well measured and it had instead been heated, so what? The kid was fucking attacked. He would've had every right to not only be angry, but express that anger strongly.

Whether it was intentional or not, that paragraph in the article smacks too much of "good little racial minority person for responding the way we think you should" for my taste.

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