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Sebastien de la Cruz – slammed by racists after singing National Anthem at NBA finals - sings at NCLR event

Sebastien de la Cruz sings the National Anthem Monday afternoon at the NCLR Annual Conference at the Kansas City Convention Center.
Sebastien de la Cruz sings the National Anthem Monday afternoon at the NCLR Annual Conference at the Kansas City Convention Center. RICH SUGG rsugg@kcstar.com

Two summers ago Sebastien De La Cruz wowed everyone but racists when he sang a rousing rendition of the National Anthem before game 3 of the NBA finals in San Antonio. On Monday, once again wearing his mariachi outfit, he sang the song in front of an appreciative crowd at the NCLR convention in Kansas City.

Cruz was 11 and a veteran of “America’s Got Talent” when he sang at the NBA finals. After his performance, Twitter exploded with racist nastiness, most of it from people who erroneously called the San Antonio native an illegal immigrant.

The firestorm grew so loud and nasty that the Spurs invited him back for a repeat performance before game 4.

Sebastien impressed the country with his response, telling a TV station that “with the racist remarks, it was just people — how they were raised. My father and my mama told me you should never judge people by how they look.”

Sebastien was excited to be in Kansas City on Monday, tweeting:

And people were excited to hear him.

Sebastien also entertained the crowd when Hilary Clinton was late to speak.

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