Sebastien De La Cruz has spoken out about the flood of racist comments made about him during his recent national anthem performance. As the 11-year-old Mexican American mariachi singer belted out the patriotic song before Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Heart and the Spurs, some Twitter users began to spew racial slurs and ant-Latino sentiments about him.
“I’m highly upset that THIS kid is singing the United States National Anthem. Clearly from Mexico…” wrote @ADobTrack on Twitter.
Actually @ADobTrack (and the countless others who tweeted hateful comments), De La Cruz wasn’t born in Mexico. In an interview with FOX San Antonio, the boy who gained notoriety as a contestant on NBC's America's Got Talent brushed off the ignorance with poise.