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Jun 17 2013

Racists Explode at Latino Singing National Anthem

Before game three of the NBA finals between San Antonio and Miami, the national anthem was sung by Sebastian De La Cruz, an 11 year old San Antonio native with a spectacular voice. Naturally, a bunch of racist assholes went ballistic over it on Twitter, spewing bigotry like a fountain.

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Sometimes I just want off this planet.

Here’s video of the kid, who is pretty amazing. 11 years old in front of 30,000 people and millions of people on TV, singing a very difficult song a cappela? Unbelievable.

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  1. 1
    richardelguru

    Of course the real disgrace here is that this child is being exposed to the music of “To Anacreon in Heaven”, a most inappropriate tune for an eleven-year-old, with its allusions to sex and debauchery!
    Just imagine, he’s sining a contrefactum of a song with lines like “And long may the sons of Anacreon intwine the myrtle of Venus with Bacchus’ vine.”

    No wonder all those people complained.

  2. 2
    richardelguru

    Oh! my Freudian slip is showing, I should have written ‘singing’ not ‘sinning’

  3. 3
    John Pieret

    The kid, of course, is a natural born citizen of the US and the son of a Navy veteran. The racists couldn’t be bothered to check out the facts before spewing their venom (not that they would have been any more right if the kid was a Mexican citizen or if he was an illegal).

  4. 4
    fifthdentist

    In related news, conservatives can’t understand why their Beaner outreach program is showing such poor results.

  5. 5
    Kevin, Youhao Huo Mao

    His response to the racism was incredible:

    “Please do not pay attention to the negative people. I am an American living the American Dream. This is part of the American life.”

  6. 6
    Trebuchet

    The racists couldn’t be bothered to check out the facts before spewing their venom…

    They didn’t even have to check. The PA announcer told them before the anthem that he’s a native of San Antonio.

    Twitter is a vile, evil thing. At least it brings out the worst in vile, evil people.

  7. 7
    Pen

    It’s completely disgraceful. Someone elsewhere said the kid is Native American* which, while it maybe doesn’t make these guys much worse, sure doesn’t help either.

    * I don’t know whether he is or not.

  8. 8
    jasonfailes

    How dare a kid descended from the native population be on the wrong side of a political border created by white invaders?

  9. 9
    erichoug

    One thing I love about living in Texas in general and Houston in specific is just how diverse the state is. You really wouldn’t think it by the national image but Houston is an extremely racially and culturally diverse city and yet we all seem to get along for the most part.

    Yesterday as I was walking into the mall, I passed a young couple chatting in Vietnamese, an older couple discussing something with their son, probably Hindi, Two men speaking Mandarin and a well dressed Hispanic family where all the boys/men had fauxhawks speaking Spanish. The lady just inside the front door said hello to me in heavily accented English. 5 languages in less than 5 minutes.

    If you are the kind of person who thinks that is a problem, you’re an asshole and you well deserve to be left in the dustbin of history. All the people above.

    As far as this kid, he is fricking awesome and if you think there is something wrong with him singing his national anthem then you are a racist asshole and deserve to be ignored.

  10. 10
    unbound

    Twitter is a vile, evil thing. At least it brings out the worst in vile, evil people.

    I disagree. Twitter just lets us see that there are those people out there. If you are not “fortunate” enough to have a strongly conservative, racist, sexist, etc member in your family, you may be very well unaware of the hatred that goes on behind the scenes.

    For example, I can see every one of those things on the twitter feed being said by my father. And he’ll happily tell you them to your face. The anonymous aspect of twitter is far less of an issue that most make it out to be. These people are truly die-hard racists, and they are no different if you know them in real life. If you are white, they will be nice and sweet to you…if you are not white, the best they’ll behave is to be rude and insulting, and if enough of their friends are around, they’ll happily trash you mercilessly.

  11. 11
    Barefoot Bree

    Twitter is a vile, evil thing. At least it brings out the worst in vile, evil people.

    Twitter: electronic alcohol.

  12. 12
    dogmeat

    Pen @ 7:

    It’s completely disgraceful. Someone elsewhere said the kid is Native American* which, while it maybe doesn’t make these guys much worse, sure doesn’t help either.

    Odds are rather high that he is mixed ancestry. Few Latinos are non-Native, the vast majority are Mestizos and Mulattos, major interracial marriage occurred in the Spanish and Portuguese settled regions. In the French settled areas such marriages were also the norm. Only in the British settled areas was it “inappropriate” to “go native.”

    It really wouldn’t make much difference to these guys, the same bigots who tweated these hateful statements about this kid freaked out when members of Congress called upon Washington to change its logo and namesake. I’ve heard some of these geniuses tell Native Americans who were protesting to “go back to where they came from!” It is really difficult to reply to that level of stupid.

  13. 13
    holytape

    Yeah, who would of thunk that there would be a hispanic in a town called San Antonio?

  14. 14
    Barefoot Bree

    I think the “Native American” bit is from a game of Telephone. Somebody latched onto the “native of San Antonio”, turned that into native American, and they or the next guy weren’t careful with their capitals, and we had a genoooine Injun in our midst.

    Leave it. That part’s more comical than anything else.

  15. 15
    cry4turtles

    I love beans! They’re good for my heart. Sing on young man. Fuck the haters.

  16. 16
    Taz

    The PA announcer told them before the anthem that he’s a native of San Antonio.

    From the name of that place it’s probably full of Hispanics. Thank god the series is going back to Miami.

  17. 17
    erichoug

    San Antonio is such a beautiful town with such a ridiculous History.

    The problem is that morons don’t want their history complicated and having a kid who speaks mainly Spanish but was born in San Antonio complicates the narrative.

    Hell there’s folks that were born an Ben Taub hospital that can barely speak enough English to order at McDonalds.

    But they are Americans and fuck the ones who try to say otherwise.

  18. 18
    wpjoe

    Wow. Great job kid! Also, nice outfit!
    The diversity of peoples living in America is one of America’s greatest strengths. I always feel so proud of America when I watch the Olympics and note that for the American athletes you never know what they are going to look like or what kind on name they are going to have. We are a mixed-up melting pot and have a wealth of cultures, world-views, and ideas as a result. This kid is a great example and should be lauded.

  19. 19
    democommie

    “It is really difficult to reply to that level of stupid.”

    “Fuck you.” is both simple and appropriate.

    “From the name of that place it’s probably full of Hispanics. Thank god the series is going back to Miami.”

    It is perhaps just a bit ironic that the xenophobic fucktards who are complaining about the anthem being sung by the young man are watching a game that is played, in the main, at the professional level by the descendants of people who were forcibly abducted from their homelands and forced into slavery in this country.

  20. 20
    dcsohl

    Sure people can spew vile stuff on Twitter. But that doesn’t make it any worse, or really any different, from Facebook, Reddit, or the rest of the Internet…

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