Having been away for the weekend, I couldn’t wait to touch on this topic.
During game 3 of the NBA finals, a 10 year old boy by the name of Sebastien De La Cruz, was asked by the Spurs to sing the national anthem. Sebastian proudly took the court dressed in a traditional mariachi outfit and in my opinion, did a fantastic job. Not only did he sing his heart out, but I thought that his attire was a brilliant way to pay homage to both his Mexican and American heritage. Unfortunately, the twitter sphere seemed to disagree completely.
Following Sebastien’s performance, various individuals tweeted their opinions in regards to his rendition of our country’s anthem:
Not only did these people display utter ignorance with their comments, but they also highlighted an issue that continues to plague this great country of ours. Unexplicably, most Americans tend to feel a sense of superiority towards anyone that is even remotely different to them. Sebastien, who IS a U.S. citizen and who’s father served in the Navy, was prejudged and disrespected simply because of his outfit. The level of stupidity demonstrated by these twitter bigots was uncalled for and unacceptable. It’s no surprise that other countries dislike us and view us as enemies with such small minded comments like those made on twitter.
This kid not only gave me goosebumps when he sang the national anthem, but he also made me unbelievably proud to be Mexican-American.
People quickly forget that a large part of our country’s greatness is due to its level of cultural diversity. The fact that a person dresses differently, thinks differently or acts differently does not make them any less American. As a U.S. citizen myself I can honestly say that I’ve never judged a person based on their color or ethnic background. The way I see it is, if you respect those around you, then I respect you. I don’t care if you’re black, white, brown, yellow, purple, red or green.
My hat goes off to Sebastien and the Spurs organization for reminding us that this country is where it is thanks to people from all walks of life. This young man is a true inspiration, and anyone who views him as anything less, really needs to reassess their level of “patriotism” and intelligence for that matter.