Lewis W. Diuguid

Star-Spangled Banner sung by Mexican American boy generates thunderous hate on Twitter

Updated: 2013-06-16T00:08:31Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

It is an all-American tragedy when people of color try with all of their hearts just to be like everyone else but get denounced with every racist stereotype imaginable.

That terrible offense happened Tuesday night when 11-year-old Sebastien De La Cruz sang the national anthem ahead of game three in the NBA finals in San Antonio. Twitter then lit up with racist and other offensive comments.

The Kansas City Star reports the following examples:

“What’s up with this little Mexican kid singin the anthem at the heat game?” Jack Wadden @wadden23.

“Who dat lil #Wetback sangin the national anthem at the #Heat game????” TJ THA DJ @Tj_THA_Dj.

“9 out of 10 chance that kid singing the national anthem is illegal.” Domenic DeGregorio @UncleD37.

“Is this the American National Anthem or the Mexican Hat Dance? Get this lil kid out of here.” Steven David @A1R_STEVEN.

“One of the Three Amigas child singing the National Anthem Julie! Lol” Silky Johnson @Roger4Mayor.

“You really had a Mexican sing the national anthem? Go to hell San Antonio.” Blake Jackson Warner @Uncle_Rico25.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center reported last month that Twitter, the Web-based social-messaging service, has helped generate a 30 percent increase in online forums for hate and terror in the last year.

Sebastien was called “the boy with the golden voice” in 2012 when he competed on “America’s Got Talent.” It’s too bad the Twitter crowd couldn’t hear it.

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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