11-year-old Sebastien De La Cruz has had the honor of singing the national anthem prior to Game 3 and Game 4 of the 2013 NBA Finals. While the young Mexican-American boy is living out a dream while showing pride for his heritage, there are those certain people who can’t appreciate people for who they are and try to turn everything in to an ugly situation.
Following each rendition of the anthem that De La Cruz performed, social media erupted with insensitive tweets that trashed the choice of the young singer because of his appearance and heritage.
De La Cruz is American, not that it should matter, but his choice of costume when he signs seems to spark ignorant outrage from those who do not realize the rich Hispanic population in San Antonio. De La Cruz singing the anthem is an honor and he has done a mighty fine job.
The unfortunate aspect of everything is that De La Cruz knows what is being said.
He is aware of the racism, but unlike what you would expect, the young boy is approaching everything with a level head and truly being an inspiration. For a kid that is just 11-years-old and facing an ugly issue like racism, he shows a sense of maturity that many Americans can learn from.
“It’s not really what other people think about you. It’s what you think about yourself,” Sebastien said.
The video of Sebastien responding to the negative reactions is incredible to watch, so I urge you to check it out whether you are one of those who supports him and appreciates his talent or even if you are one of those who has mean-spirited things to say about the young man.
When you watch his attitude, you will be touched and it will remind us that there really are some good people out there.