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San Antonio's Own Mariachi Attacked in Racist Tweets

June 14, 2013

Fans on social media rallied to support young mariachi Sebastien De La Cruz, after his performance of the national anthem Tuesday at the Spurs game against the Miami Heat set off a flurry of racist tweets criticizing the 11-year-old.

Sebastien's Facebook page (facebook.com/sebastien.delacruz.3) lit up with cries of "awesome performance" and other positive comments, including:

"Keep representing San Antonio and our Mexican culture just as you are!" posted Ramona Ortiz.

"Amazed at all the racist comments from [Tuesday] night's performance didn't know u had to be white to sing our National Anthem....Nonetheless Sebastien De La Cruz did a superb job and can't wait to see him perform again!!!" posted Cynthia Denise.

"Lets (sic) focus on the positive and turn this thing around. You show the world your talent Sebastien De La Cruz! God gave you an amazing gift to share with the world. Blessings!" posted Mayra Garcia, along with a YouTube link to Sebastien's performance.

Meanwhile Twitter had its own share of support for the San Antonio native also known as El Charro de Oro.

Ray Gonzales (@KensandMadsDad) posted a YouTube clip of Sebastien's performance with a retweet request "to show support and love to Sebastien," while Alexandra Castro (@AlexxxCastro) posted: "Sebastian de la cruz (sic), you are perfect and have already gone further in life than the people that are saying ugly things about you!"

Websites like Public Shaming and With Leather collected many such negative remarks, the likes of which included:

"You really had a Mexican sing the national anthem? Go to hell San Antonio," said a post on Blake Jackson Warner's account, @Uncle_Rico25.

"Is this the American National Anthem or the Mexican Hat Dance? Get this lil kid out of here," read a post on Steven David's account, @A1R_STEVEN.

Others referred to the San Antonio native as an undocumented Mexican immigrant, though the boy's Facebook page indicates he has never even crossed the U.S.-Mexico border.

Sebastien appeared on television's "America's Got Talent" last year, and in April performed with the San Antonio Symphony at its traditional Fiesta Pops concert. Sebastien was a last-minute replacement for former Hootie & the Blowfish front man Darius Rucker.



Source: (c)2013 San Antonio Express-News. Distributed by MCT Information Services.


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