Young ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Singer Shines Light on America’s Diversity

Posted June 14, 2013 by J Matthew Cobb in HiDef

A star is born at the NBA Finals while black holes on Twitter aim at destroying the positive energies using racist attacks

There was more action brewing on the court at the Houston’s AT&T Center this week than the San Antonio Spurs vs. the Miami Heat.

If you caught the opening of both Games  3 and 4 of the NBA Finals, you may have heard Sebastien De La Cruz singing a spirited version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Dressed in traditional mariachi wardrobe, the 11-year old singer replaced former Hootie & the Blowfish/country singer Darius Rucker for the spotlight role. Rather than critiquing the vocals (clearly the boy is a gifted singer), certain folks took to their Twitter accounts and attacked the patriotic moment using a barrage of embarrassing racist attacks. Yeah, they decided to throw out more of the senseless rhetoric about what is and what is not American.

Just read some of their awful attacks coming from all shades of color:

























Cruz decided to respond to the “haters” by being more classy and more mature than all of them lumped together. This is what he said:









For those who were shamelessly quick to judge and not smart enough to utilize the power of a search engine, the same kid actually starred on America’s Got Talent as the frontboy for El Charros De Oro.

Not only that, he’s a native of San Antonio – born and raised. Cue the silence from the haters.

Because of all the hate that came his way, tons of love were tossed back at the courageous kid. Due to public demand, he returned to center court on Thursday night to perform the Star-Spangled Banner. This time, he was introduced by Mayor Julián Castro and was even greeted by Gregg Popovich and Erik Spoelstra, coaches of both teams. Now that oughta shut the mouths of the KKK spawn children. If those figures don’t address the power of diversity, I don’t know what else will.












NBA commissioner David Stern even weighed in on the conversation. “Racism and prejudice does not stand” in the NBA, Stern said. “The values of the game transcend borders.”

Since the media jumped on the story, it’s been reported that many of the accounts of those racist attacks have since been deleted.

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J Matthew Cobb

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