Sebastian De La Cruz from America’s Got Talent responded to racist Twitter comments with what sources are saying “100 percent class.”
During Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Heat and the Spurs, 11-year-old De La Cruz sang the national anthem, and, while many where blown away by his voice, there were many that didn’t feel like De La Cruz should have been the one singing it.
Sebastien said during a hastily organized news conference Wednesday:
“With the racism remarks, to be honest, it’s just the people how they were raised. My father and my mother told me that you should never judge people by how they look. You should judge them on the inside. And the saying that I go by is never judge a book by its cover.”
According to the Houston Chronicles, “a barrage of tweets Tuesday night included insults and disparaging language aimed at Mexican American immigrants.”
MsnNOW stated that “Of course, Sebastian is American (born in San Antonio), and his dad served in the U.S. Navy, but that probably wouldn’t have mattered to them anyway.”
The Houston Chronicles go on to report:
“While proud of Sebastien, they said crude reactions to his appearance on national television Tuesday night — clad in a mariachi traje — reflected a wider anger aimed at Latinos and immigrants, and over immigration reform legislation in Congress.
“‘I was very proud of him,'” said Jaime Martinez, founder and chairman of the César E. Chávez Foundation. “‘But it shows we still have a long way to go. There’s still a lot of bigotry in this country.'”
De la Cruz posted his own tweet on Wednesday:
Please do not pay attention to the negative people. I am an American living the American Dream. This is part of the American life.
— Sebastien De La Cruz (@selcharrodeoro) June 12, 2013
This young boy showed a lot of maturity in the past few days, and the Tweet above along with the video below show just how well Sebastian De La Cruz responded to all the racist comments
Sebastian De La Cruz will take the court again tonight to sing the National Anthem before Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
[Image via Mariachi Music.com]