Sadly, racially-charged Twitter rants are becoming the norm these days.
One of the most recent victims is 11-year-old Sebastien De La Cruz, who sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” during Game 3 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio.
The former “America’s Got Talent” contestant was asked to step in after country star Darius Rucker cancelled, but instead of congratulating Sebastien on one of the best moments of his life, some twitter users responded with comments like: ”There should be an AMERICAN singing the national anthem not this illegal” and “No disrespect but a Mexican kid signing [sic] the national anthem makes it unamerican. #nothappy #americansforamerica.”
The Twitterverse not only attacked the young singer’s Mexican-American heritage — he was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas — but also his choice to wear a mariachi costume during the performance.
11-Year-Old Mexican-American Singer Taunted By Racist Tweets After Singing National Anthem was originally published on hellobeautiful.com