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Son Of Navy Vet Sebastien De La Cruz Ignores Racist Tweets To Sing Anthem Again (Video)


Sebastian De La Cruz sings the national anthem

Sebastien de la Cruz is the 11-year-old son of a Navy veteran who made national headlines this week when he was inundated with racist Tweets after singing the Star-Spangled Banner before Game 3 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio.


Racist Tweet against 11-year-old singer

But, apparently, singing great is the best revenge...

Sebastien took his critics' shameful bigotry in stride, and was asked once again to perform the national anthem before last night's San Antonio Spurs game against the Miami Heat.

Sebastien killed it. Check out his performance before Game 4 of the NBA finals, posted up top.

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NeilBaker | June 14, 2013 at 11:52 a.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

I could be wrong but I suspect this story is propaganda designed to ease passage of an unpopular Immigration Bill in Congress.

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MaoTzu | June 14, 2013 at 12:33 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Wrong? I'd say paranoid is more like.

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DeLaRick | June 14, 2013 at 12:37 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Neil Baker,

You're wrong. The story is a real-life example of bigotry masquerading as "nationalism" and/or "love of country." I assure you, immigration legislation is not unpopular with Latinos.

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CaliforniaDefender | June 14, 2013 at 3:06 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Some guy in the middle of Kansas TWEETS something stupid and it's national news? SERIOUSLY?!? Come on KPBS, this is lowbrow journalism.

This is a complete distraction story to keep people from discussing real issues like PRISM and Obama arming rebels (which includes Al-Qaeda) in Syria.

Perhaps Neil is correct too, but I'd put my money on distraction rather than propaganda.

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 14, 2013 at 3:38 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

CA Defender, it wasn't just one guy in Kansas, the story indicates he was "inundated" with racist tweets.

I think this is news as it relates to the bigger issue in our society of racism on the internet.

Technology has given rise to anonymous opinions which indicate that our society has NOT progressed as much as we think - instead people have just learned to keep their racism under-wraps and only let it ooze out in cowardly anonymous internet posts.

This has been happening a lot lately, not just this one story. Another example is the cereal ad (Cheerios, I believe?) with the bi-racial parents who got so many unsavory comments from crude bigots that the cereal company had to disable their youtube comments.

I think it's a wake-up call for those who think racism is a thing of the past.

It's still quite alive and in fact thriving in our society, it's only been pushed under the rug a little bit.

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 14, 2013 at 3:45 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago


My response to your tweet:

What is the world coming to when ignorant back-woods filthy bigots think someone of a different nationality singing the star-spangled banner is the end of the world?

Grow up you fool, try focusing your attention on something that is actually capable of bringing the "end of the world", like the fact that the earth is warming and anthropogenic climate change could displace millions of people, bring economic despair, increase incidence of infectious diseases, and harm civilization significantly in our lifetimes. But I guess people like you are too butt-dumb to think like that and prefer focusing your attention on a Latino boy singing with pride a song about America.

Shame, shame on you.

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 14, 2013 at 3:46 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Correction above, I meant different ethnicity, not nationality, as this boy is an AMERICAN.

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