Eleven-Year-Old Sings National Anthem, Hate Speech Ensues

by Greg Pollowitz

What is wrong with people?

An 11-year-old boy’s rendition of the national anthem at Game 3 of the NBA finals brought the usual appreciative applause Tuesday, but outside AT&T Center in San Antonio, his performance brought a darker reaction from some posters on social media — and eventually an online backlash against their racist comments.

Here’s a sampling of some of the unkind tweets that went flying around the Internet about Sebastien De La Cruz:

– “Why they got a Mexican kid singing the national anthem -___-”from Daniel Gilmore.

– “How you singing the national anthem looking like an illegal immigrant” from Andre Lacey, proud father and firefighter from Augusta, Georgia.

– “Why is a foreigner singing the national anthem. I realize that’s San Antonio but that still ain’t Mexico” from Lewie Groh.

– “Who let this illegal alien sing our national anthem?” from Matt Cyrus.

And the list went on and on.

More tweets here. And if past surveys of Americans are any indication, there’s a good chance that anybody that complained doesn’t even know the lyrics to the song.

And here’s the video of him singing it — live. No lip-synching for him. Here’s hoping President Ted Cruz has him at the White House for the inauguration. 



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