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Published:June 13th, 2013 11:01 EST

Mexican-American Boy's National Anthem Provokes Racist Backlash: Video

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A soft-spoken boy with a big voice isn`t about to let obnoxious online remarks bring him down  especially when he has so many positive ones in his virtual corner.


Fans of Sebastien De La Cruz have rallied on social media to support the young mariachi, whose rendition 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.

`On the positive remarks, I just want to thank everybody for their support,` Sebastien said at a hastily organized news conference Wednesday."


In a city with a rich Hispanic heritage, a Spanish name, and a Latino mayor is it any surprise that a gifted young Latino was chosen to sing the National Anthem?

Many of the biggest pop stars have flubbed the National Anthem, and an 11-year-old Sebastian De La Cruz delivers a virtuoso performance of the difficult song and he`s criticized because of his ethnicity?

De La Cruz, who shot to fame after competing on "America`s Got Talent" last year, had this to say on his Twitter Account:

Please do not pay attention to the negative people. I am an American living the American dream. This is part of the American life.

You don`t have to be Caucasian to sing the National Anthem; a little Latino boy singing the National Anthem, while attired in a Mariachi outfit, is as American as mom and apple pie.

We should marvel at the talent of this young lad, and praise him for his grace under pressure.

Check out the amazing job he did singing the National Anthem:

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