Rachel BaldwinCivitas News Media
June 28, 2013
11-year-old singer, Cruz, and Spurs have answer for racists
Sebastien De La Cruz is a talented singer. He is 11. He is an American.
None of that mattered following his singing of the National Anthem before game three of the NBA championship Tuesday night in San Antonio matching the San Antonio Spurs against the Miami Heat.
Cruz had substituted for popular singer Darius Rucker when Rucker had a scheduling conflict. Cruz stepped in wearing his mariachi outfit and sang the anthem a cappella with a mariachi flare. And he did a wonderful job.
The world of faceless, often anonymous, and usually cowardly Internet postings, however, went berserk. The comments were so foul that Youtube disabled the comments on Cruz’ performance.
Not only did Cruz nail the song, he later handled the racist insults with maturity and understanding far beyond his years.
“My father and my mama told me you should never judge people by how they look,” he told KENS-5 in San Antonio.
“For those that said something bad about me, I understand it’s your opinion,” Sebastien told CNN. “I’m a proud American and live in a free country. It’s not hurting me. It’s just your opinion.”
He encouraged his fans to disregard the hatred as he will continue to “live the American dream,” and “this is part of the American Life.”
He also pointed out that he was born in San Antonio and that his father is a Navy veteran.
What a proud moment for all of America. And the best of all was that the Spurs had their own answer for the Internet cowards. They invited Cruz back to sing the anthem for game four.
“O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”
— Distributed by The Associated Press