Last night, 11-year-old Sebastien de la Cruz got the chance of a lifetime. He performed the National Anthem to start game three of the NBA finals. It’s a chance to celebrate the talent of a young kid but instead, the Twitterverse exploded with racist tweets. The Tumblr Public Shaming neatly rounded up some of the worst tweets.
People wondered why this “wetback”, who was probably an illegal immigrant, was singing “their” national anthem.
Never mind that the emcee clearly stated Sebastien is a San Antonio native, or even that a person can be American without actually “looking” American. He’s an incredibly gifted kid who brought pride to San Antonio after getting a standing ovation on last year’s “America’s Got Talent” when he performed with family members as part of a mariachi band. We just hope Sebastien has been shielded from the horrible backlash.
Watch Sebastien sing; we can definitely see why he’s nicknamed El Charro de Oro, or the Golden Voice.