Adorable Mexican-American kid sings the national anthem, ticks off racists

Adorable 11 year old Mexican-American mariachi singer Sebastien De La Cruz, a San Antonio, Texas native, sang the national anthem during the NBA finals Tuesday night.

And boy were the Twitter racists up in arms.


Sebastien De La Cruz, singing the national anthem at the NBA finals.

Public Shaming,” a Tumblr page, pulled together a number of the worst examples.  They include:

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So much wrong with this. First off, the kid’s American. Born and raised in San Antonio. His father was in the US Navy.  I think that qualifies are purty Amurikan.

But let’s pretend for a moment that he were an immigrant.  And?  We don’t want immigrants embracing American culture?  Really?  I thought that was one of the concerns some people had about Latino immigration in particular, that perhaps Latino immigrants weren’t learning the language and “becoming American enough.”  Well, if that’s the concern, you can’t get more American than singing the freaking Star Spangled Banner at a basketball game.  Ironically, Sebastien De La Cruz is doing exactly what these freaks want, embracing his American-ness (which isn’t very difficult because he’s, you know, American).

Sebastien was interviewed by a local San Antonio station and had this to say about the brouhaha:

“They don’t know my life,” the young singer told Fox. “My father was actually in the navy for a pretty long time, and I actually salute him today for that. I just wanna thank him and to be able to sing the national anthem. People don’t know, they just assume that I’m just Mexican. But I’m not from Mexico, I’m from San Antonio, born and raised. True San Antonio Spurs fan.”

Watch the video of the interview.  Damn this kid’s good:

And here’s his national anthem:

And for a bonus, here he is on America’s Got Talent last year. So freaking cute.

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105 Responses to “Adorable Mexican-American kid sings the national anthem, ticks off racists”

  1. ExiledChilde says:

    So true about many people may like your comment. It wouldn’t have mattered if he wore a suit and tie, those ‘people’ would still have said the same thing just because he didn’t fit in their image of a National Anthem singer.

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  3. Britt Gordon says:

    Pulease his people were here before all the Whites!!!!!

  4. bjetsy says:

    did he say Jose can you see?

  5. Sonia Ball says:

    Firstly, this kid IS American-born AND his father served in the U.S. Navy. Secondly, there is no “Try the best to blend in” when we’re a country of immigrants- except for Native Americans, the true original people of this land. I don’t see the masses- Caucasian, Black, and otherwise- running to emulate American Indian culture to be able to “Give our love and loyalty to the place where we have been able to achieve a better life!”. I will fight and die for my country, America, weirdos and all.

  6. gallen408 says:

    Yes, lets leave America unchanged. it worked so well for White men at least. How about the black slaves doing the labor to build it? Than the Chinese slave workforce who built the railroad? What about those pesky women demanding to be recognized ad just as capable as us men?

    I would ask you to deport your ass back to wherever your ancestors came from, but I dont think they would want you. You’re certainly ignoring the actual NATIVE American culture.

  7. gallen408 says:

    Are you high? How is it not appropriate? It’s still traditionally appropriate for the region in the first place considering Texas WAS a good portion of Mexico before we effectively stole it from them.

  8. MMB says:

    because he’s WHITE!

  9. Ron says:

    Yngwie Malmsteen played the national anthem, no one complained about him being swedish…

  10. mexican eagle says:

    The Mexican flag contains in the center an eagle which grips a snake and devours its head. like wise racist people feel being devour by the eagle when in fact it slowly its being DEVOUER.

  11. Zorba says:

    LOL! I have always told people that the Greeks don’t hold grudges for years, decades, or even centuries. We hold grudges for millennia. ;-)

  12. karmanot says:

    “I hope they throw the baklava and gyros in your face, instead of selling them to you.” I think the Greeks and Scots/Irish have a lot in common except for the Classical phase. :-)

  13. karmanot says:

    Very Like

  14. karmanot says:

    “When has any country, has come to our aid at any time of any of our needs?” Without the French we would not have won independence for England. Do some research before you open your pie hole troll.

  15. karmanot says:

    Spanish is such a beautiful spoken language—-like music.

  16. ruben lopez says:

    Thank you

  17. ruben lopez says:

    He was born here, no matter what we are all immigrants. Indians are citizens here not American or Mexican or other culture didn’t yall learn that at school.Its freedom remember that for those who are races..and Sabastien de la cruz im proud of keep the good work ..

  18. FunMe says:

    PS: I checked some of those Facebook and Twitter pages … more than 1/2 were deleted. Running like cockroaches now that they are exposed for their racism!

  19. FunMe says:

    Well said!

  20. FunMe says:

    Today I was so happy to attend a Mexican Folklorico dance event here in Santa Monica with dancers ranging from 5 to 25. It was so beautiful to see so many Latino families out here on the “West Side” of LA which tends to be more white. I cried tears of joy seeing so many families be proud of their children being American but ensuring their culture roots are promoted with their children showcasing wonderful dances of Mexico. I was in cloud nine seeing them.

    It was so nice to hear the dance director announced the Sunday vigil for peace and remembrance in honor of the 5 killed by the young guy in Santa Monica, including his father and brother. They also prayed for the killer’s forgiveness. Santa Monica College is right next door of the theater where we were at.

  21. Naja pallida says:

    Nearly a billion dollars in foreign aid and supplies were sent from at least a dozen different countries for Katrina relief. Canada routinely sends aid for dealing with American wildfires, as part of a reciprocal treaty. The UAE sent laptops to all the high school students in Joplin after the tornado ripped through there, as well as funded some of the rebuilding of their hospital. Even Iran offered aid during Sandy. The idea that nobody ever helps us, or offers to, is patently absurd, and just shows someone living in a bubble of ignorance. And then they’re confused why other countries might not think highly of us.

  22. Ninong says:

    George Washington was our first president under our present Constitution. However, according to this reckoning, he was our 15th president:

    If you ask the average college freshman, they will tell you that Jamestown, Virginia in 1607 was the first settlement in America. It was the first “English” settlement. San Augustin (St. Augustine, Florida) was explored by Ponce de Leon in 1513 and permanently settled by the Spanish in 1565. It was the capital of Spanish Florida for 200 years!

    San Juan, Puerto Rico is even older than St. Augustine. It was settled by the Spanish in 1521, that’s 86 years before Jamestown. Puerto Rico is a US Territory and Puerto Ricans are American citizens, so we need to count San Juan, too.

    We purchased the vast Louisiana Territory fair and square by meeting Napoleon’s asking price of $15 million (instead of the $3 million we offered for just the port of New Orleans and surrounding area). We took Florida and Texas by force. We coerced the Mexican government out of New Mexico, Arizona and California and we demanded the British sell us Washington and Oregon. And we stole Hawaii via American companies taking over there. We purchased Alaska from the Russians for 2 cents per acre in 1867 and they actually thought they got the better of that deal.

  23. George Melby says:

    None! Like wearing shoes! (Oops!).

  24. George Melby says:


  25. George Melby says:

    Well, Sebastien De La Cruz and president Obama are both extremely intelligent; that’s what scares the bejezus out of the arrogant right wing fools. They don’t know how to deal with anything or anyone intelligent. Pity them, pray for them! Simply put, the right wing conservatives are great entertainment!

  26. George Melby says:

    I’m not all that sure there IS a dividing line between those two items.

  27. George Melby says:

    How soon they forget!

  28. George Melby says:

    You got THAT right! My ancestors arrived in 1850 on the ship, “Nordlysett” through Canada to the USA!

  29. George Melby says:

    Did you notice the one dingbat that just couldn’t stand still during the National Anthem? I think he was looking for a Jonny On The Spot baño, jejejeje! (Baño=bathroom).

  30. Andre says:

    “When has any country, has come to our aid at any time of any of our needs?”

    If I remember correctly, Mexico provided tons of food and a fleet of ships with amphibious vehicles to aid the people of Louisiana when Hurricane Katrina struck mainland. They also provided a team of doctors and paramedics to help in the reliefs efforts. So much for not helping out.

  31. George Melby says:

    Some days I’d rather just turn Texas empty! What an embarrassment!

  32. George Melby says:

    That little tall man named Sebastien has more talent and fortitude than 80% of the southern white male population. All best wishes to him forever! Si Se Puede, Sabastien! Siempre!

  33. George Melby says:

    ROFL… now THAT’S FUNNY! Thank you, heh heh heh!

  34. George Melby says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, dear Moderator!

  35. George Melby says:

    In the northern tier states, they still observe Settende Mai tradition and heritage days (Scandinavian ancestry). These ne’er-do-wells don’t know a tenth of the different cultures in the good old USA. And they get upset by anyone different from them? Yikes! And people wonder why religious persons become cynical, lolol.

  36. George Melby says:

    Thanks for a terrific history lesson! And these Americans “think” our country started with Christopher Columbus and the Thanksgiving guests, lolol. (I’ll bet they don’t know George Washington wasn’t our first President either! Numerically, he was our 9th!). Funny thing.

  37. George Melby says:

    Check out his grammar and spelling!!! Scheeesch!!! Teddybare (sic) shouldn’t be allowed near a keyboard of any type!

  38. George Melby says:

    You are the most disgusting American I’ve ever heard, and your usage of English STINKS! It is exactly your kind of person that makes me wish and pray for about 30 million more Hispanic/Latino immigrants to make the USA an even better place to live and love! I was the proud adoptive papa of an undocumented worker from Central America and he was the hardest working young man I have ever met! He learned English at John Bosco Center, worked TWO jobs (and they paid him GREAT full wages at BOTH!), met the most adorable Mexican young lady. I walked her down the aisle and mi Hijo surprised me by making me his Best Man at the altar! They now live in Mexico where they both teach. I will welcome, with open arms, any Hispanic/Latino person, documented or undocumented, and do whatever I can to make his/their life better for them. Phooey to all the brainless white southern twits who can’t measure up to the intellect and skills of our brothers and sisters south of the border! SI SE PUEDE! SIEMPRE!!!
    Dakotahgeo, M.Div. Pastor/Chaplain/Educator

  39. George Melby says:

    That might well be the case, which is why I’m learning it as a fourth language! I’m sure some might not like it, but hey, **it happens! LOLOL.

  40. George Melby says:

    Why does it always take a wonderful, young, talented, intelligent Mexican-American to embarrass the hell out of American hillbilly a$$holes who don’t have the smarts to keep their ignorant, arrogant yaps shut?! Sabastien De La Cruz (LOVE that name!) is a miracle happening in front of our eyes; can you imagine his future just in MUSIC??? HE is the type of AMERICAN we need more of! WOW!!! Blessings, little tall man!
    Dakotahgeo, M.Div. Pastor/Chaplain/Educator

  41. FunMe says:

    I read that my hometown of San Antonio, where my family still resides, is now 61% Latino. Love it!

    And where I am now, in the greater LA area we are soon to be the majority.
    :-) But I have to say I love the DIVERSITY of so many cultures here in our LA area. I don’t feel so bad that I can’t travel like I want to because many countries are here. :-)

  42. FunMe says:

    Waiting for moderator to ban you, too!
    I glanced a few sentences of yours and just yaaaaaaaaaaaaaawned.

  43. FunMe says:

    can I post like 80 “likes” :-)

  44. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Why? It’s all POV, and from mine, it’s fine.

  45. Eric Martin says:

    Maybe the Mariachi uniform wasn’t appropriate.

  46. Zorba says:

    You know, K., back when I was in junior high and high school, I belonged to a Greek folk dance troupe. We dressed in traditional Greek costumes, and performed traditional Greek dances all over the area. And in one case, when we performed at a large auditorium in my home city, before the performance, we all sang the national anthem, dressed in our traditional Greek outfits. Nobody at the time complained, or thought anything of it. We were all Americans, born here, but proud of our Greek heritage and Greek traditions. (Not to mention, BTW, our Greek food, which Americans of all ethnic backgrounds seem to appreciate.)
    This country loses something if we expect all immigrants and their descendants to forget about where their ancestors came from. The fact that we are all here celebrates the fact that our ancestors believed that this was a great country, with many opportunities not available where they were born.
    But that does not mean that we should erase our histories.
    PS Hey, Teddy Bear, next time you go to a Greek food festival, I hope they throw the baklava and gyros in your face, instead of selling them to you. And no more tacos or enchiladas for you, either. Or for that matter, any kind of Italian pasta.

  47. karmanot says:

    Worse, he buys them at the Dollar Store or Wal*Farts.

  48. Ninong says:

    Bet he runs in when Macy’s has their annual White Sale to stock up on sheets and pillow cases.

  49. karmanot says:


  50. karmanot says:

    “Birth of a Nation?” Bet lil Gordon gets off on ‘Rosemary’s Baby.’

  51. karmanot says:

    I know mirror. These days some snark is true. It like’s Orwell’s 1984.

  52. karmanot says:


  53. Zorba says:

    Sadly, probably not. I think that he/she really believes this. :-(

  54. Moderator4 says:

    Gordon Ramsey, you are banned.

  55. Ninong says:

    Haha! Yeah, you guys have taken over El Paso and I guess even San Antonio. LOL Must be driving the GOP crazy!

    I heard one crazy Texas Republican say he wanted to re-draw the border so that Brownsville would be south of the new border line. I guess they would have to also make sure El Paso was on the Mexican side of the border, too.

  56. Ninong says:

    “Let this great country stay unchanged…”

    What are you talking about? It has been changing constantly since the beginning. Surely you don’t think La Nouvelle-Orléans was anything like Philadelphia or Boston when it was acquired by the US in 1803? It was a French-speaking French colony, that had become part of the Spanish Empire from 1763-1801, before reverting to the French again.
    I live in a former-French speaking area that was once West Florida, part of the Spanish Empire, but is now part of Louisiana. Even though the Spanish changed all the street names in New Orleans from French to Spanish during their occupation, the predominant language remained French because most of the Spanish functionaries who came over to run the government were bilingual. They had to be because all of the settlers living here in 1763 spoke French. Also, during both French and Spanish rule, Roman Catholicism was the only recognized religion. That didn’t change until 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase.

  57. Ninong says:

    Damn, Gordon, you’re a really sick puppy! I checked out some of your other recent comments. Here are a couple of gems that speak volumes:

    “Sorry but in this forum I cannot call white women who sleep with black men what they are.”

    “To tell the truth we are taking back the media. Millions are dropping cable and going to Netflix. I can watch Birth of a Nation on Netflix.”

    “Birth of a Nation,” Gordon? Seriously?!! That’s just plain SICK!!!

  58. Ninong says:

    “SS sombreros…” OMG, that’s hilarious! LOL

  59. BillFromDover says:

    This kid has displayed more class than a boatload of baggers on the way back to wherever their forebearers immigrated from.

    I guess his biggest mistake was not dressing up in a Confederate flag in which case the bigots would still be hoopin’ and hollerin’ over his performance.

  60. Ninong says:

    I guess you’re talking about the lands they lost in WWI, that Hitler reclaimed in WWII, then lost again when they lost the war. That’s the way it goes. The winners make the rules.

  61. Ninong says:

    Interesting. Looks like you have to go back to 1739 to find his first ancestor born outside the US.

  62. Ninong says:

    I was replying to Becca’s comment: “Back in the early 1900s, the surname alone would’ve been enough.” She meant that Irish and Catholics were excluded from jobs in the Boston-New York areas from the 1880’s through the first ten or fifteen years of the 20th century.

    A Roman Catholic family with nine children and a surname of Buchanan would have qualified as being in that excluded category, especially if your first name was Patrick. It has nothing to do with his actual genealogy. I was not aware that his mother was of German descent and always assumed that Patrick Buchanan must be of Irish ancestry with a name like that and being Roman Catholic.

    Just about every Roman Catholic Patrick that I know has been of Irish descent. I had always assumed that Pat Buchanan was probably of Irish descent. Thanks for the correction.

    As to any of my other comments about Buchanan and race, his views on race are quite clear from his books. He warns that Europe is being destroyed because the European countries are allowing Muslims to become citizens and America is being destroyed because of the invasion of Mexicans, who breed like rabbits. He even went to the trouble of breaking out the fertility rate of Mexican-Americans from the overall number for Hispanic-Americans — it’s slightly higher that way.

  63. Tdog says:

    Perhaps part of the confusion with Buchanan’s ancestry derives from the fact that his last name is in fact Gaelic in origin. But there are a ton of what we in America, and correctly so, consider to be Irish names which are not Gaelic in origin such as Fitzpatrick (Norman), Cooney (English), etc etc. Likewise there are many Gaelic names which are very uncommon in the southern, more Catholic, part of Ireland.

  64. Tdog says:

    @Ninong, I appreciate your acknowledgment of PB’s actual ancestry. But as to your following comment, in the island of Ireland the name Buchanan is not common outside of Northern Ireland and the vast majority are Protestant unless of a mixed marriage religiously. . . . You lost me as to the other aspects of your comments. I don’t know if you’re being sarcastic.

    @BeccaM, “…would’ve been enough.” Enough to do what?

    Here’s his genealogy:

  65. Ninong says:

    Good point. Mexican-American, Canadian-American, Irish-American, Italian-American, etc., are only correctly used when they are applied to a person who became a naturalized American citizen. Anyone who is a natural-born American is an American of whatever descent, if they choose to even bring it up.

  66. Ninong says:

    Okay, I checked his Wiki bio. Thanks for the info. I would hate to blame his mother for his antiquated white supremacist views because that’s something today’s Germans reject. Come to think of it, a lot of Buchanan’s views are from the ’30’s, not just his attitude on Aryan superiority.

  67. Ninong says:

    Apparently the Buchanan clan originated in Scotland but some of them must have emigrated to Ireland many centuries ago because there are certainly Irish Buchanans. You’re absolutely right. A name like Patrick Buchanan, Roman Catholic, one of nine children, that would have been enough to keep little Paddy out of most job opportunities — including the police force — at the beginning of the 20th century.

  68. mirror says:

    Is this a parody? I can’t always tell any more. I think it’s parody.

  69. Andres says:

    [email protected] that [email protected] mexican, a mariachi singing THE us anthem! whats next? a north koren doing the same thing?

  70. FLL says:

    You don’t consider the violent U.S. land grab of Mexican territory in the Mexican-American War of 1848 as Nazi-style fascism, so why would you consider peaceful Mexican immigration into that region as Nazi-style fascism? Oh, I get it. Your comment is actually code for losing Republican votes. Well, why didn’t you say so? All together now: “Turn Texas purple!”

  71. BeccaM says:

    Doesn’t really matter what his actual ancestry is: Back in the early 1900s, the surname alone would’ve been enough.

  72. FunMe says:

    Glad you’re changing George … for your kids. The “little brown ones”! ;-)

    Ah kidding aside, you are so right. Texas was part of Mexico and its people have now taken over … as AMERICANS. Living it and loving it!

  73. FunMe says:

    Good point! That is how I introduce myself.

    Today, in honor of Sebastien De La Cruz’s amazing mariachi singing talent, I posted on Facebook a photo of me in a mariachi outfit from my church’s Mexico Folklorico event I hosted last year. :-)

  74. GeorgeBush says:

    Texas is Mexican territory. Within your grandkids’ lifetime Spanish will be the official language in the US whether you like it or not..

  75. Tdog says:

    PB says he is German by ancestry mostly. Check his Wikipedia page or google for his full genealogy. And his Catholic religion emanates from his German ancestry side not his one quarter Protestant English heritage or quarter Irish heritage.

  76. Teddy Bear says:

    Many people may not like what I’m about to say. However, it’s common sense.
    Kid could have sung in a suite & tie, and this wouldn’t have been an issue. They would have just admired his singing voice!
    This controversy is not whether or not this kid has talent and or good singing voice, I suppose that’s a given. This is simply, foreigners trying to push their belief, customs, culture, way of life or whatever they feel like. In a country that doesn’t belong to anyone ethnic race, except to almost extinct the American Indians. I firmly believe that all foreigners, including myself. Should stop trying to change a country founded so long ago with it’s own rules, beliefs, customs & culture that has worked well enough till all the liberalism trying to change it we have in our own government and most USA Citizens the enemy within. If this would have happened in any other country I am positively this kid and representatives would have been stoned out the stage and or worse. Only this country allows, anybody to display their native country flag draped even over their car hoods and or disrespect everything else about the USA. If their country is so great! Why are they living here? they should go back where they came from and call it a day! As living in our adopted country we should, 1) learn the language, 2) Adapt to everything that’s the country and what represents, 3) Try our best to blend in, 4) Give our love and loyalty to the place where we have been able to achieve a better life!

    Give an example, when I went through Mexico on my one and only trip, proceeding south to South America. I was told & reminded that I was a foreigner in Mexico and Mexico was for the Mexicans! Further more, I had a small US Flag displayed on my radio antenna, I was told at Mexican custom that I couldn’t display the US Flag in Mexican territory. I had 2- choices fly the Mexican flag above the USA Flag or remove the US Flag! What do you supposed I did? (This is honest to God the truth) I’m also pissed and sick and tired hearing about racism and I don’t care what ethnicity? Think about it, all ethnic groups don’t like or care for each other, that is common practice all over the world.

    And to make matters worth, the Americans aren’t liked anywhere in the world. However, every country loves the USA money and the help they receive every time they are in need. When has any country, has come to our aid at any time of any of our needs?
    Let’s all wake up! Let this great country stay unchanged, it has very well worked for over 2 centuries.

  77. karmanot says:

    Visualizing Nazis with shiny buttons, embroidery, a ruffle or two and SS sombreros..

  78. karmanot says:

    What? Sig Not O ‘ Ramsey Fuhrer.

  79. BeccaM says:

    Your comment is a great big brimming-full bucket of stereotyping xenophobic Nazi-apologizing history-distorting FAIL.

    I’ll admit though, you did make me laugh out loud when you made the ridiculously moronic and morally indefensible comparison equating a kid’s mariachi suit with a Nazi uniform.

  80. gordon ramsey says:

    To tell the truth if you consider how many mexicans think the southwest belongs to mexico.Having a Mexican america sing the national anthem wearing a mariachi outfit would be like having German citizen sing the national anthem wearing a nazi uniform.Its even worse.The Nazis never wanted to invade our country and demand we speak german.They just wanted parts of germany back that was lost during WW2.Lands inhabited by ethnic germans.

  81. mpatton says:

    The SAD part is! That the ones that looked UNAMERICAN where the “African/American Players!

  82. BeccaM says:


  83. emjayay says:

    Pennsylvania or Pennsyltucky?

  84. emjayay says:

    Unless your last name is Sitting Bull or White Feather or something like that, you haven’t been here all that long.

  85. BrianWPB says:

    Two things: There should be a correction in the headline: AMERICAN of Mexican-descent, Sebastien De La Cruz. No need to “Mexican-American” him!

    Next, I WOULD like to point out that there were examples of black folks tweeting racist things about this kid right along with the white kids. Hell, I’ve even known of other “Hispanic” (whatever that means” people making similar jokes against Mexicans.
    I know everyone likes to think it’s “black and brown against the town,” and that this is some redneck white people thing, but prejudice works in all directions and it should be addressed.

  86. karmanot says:

    Yes, what an exceptional kid. Why in the hell diss an achievement like that? America has become such a sewer lately.

  87. Ninong says:

    Yes, I know. He famously appeared exactly once on Rachel Maddow’s show. She apologized on the next evening’s show for comments he had made the night before. He didn’t appear on her show after that.

    He used to be a regular on Chris Matthew’s show and Chris continuously got jabs in about his extremist views. I remember one time when Chris asked him if his basement was still full of Krugerrands. Chris jokingly tried to pin Spiro Agnew’s “nattering nabobs of negativism” speech on him but Pat insisted that William Safire was responsible for that gem. Both of them were speechwriters for both Nixon and Agnew at the time.

  88. karmanot says:

    True, racists, and haters, by their very existence are a blatant disrespect for American values.

  89. karmanot says:

    Worse was when, until recently, MSNBC, showcased him as their favorite ‘conservative’, racist, antisemitic , misogynist, expert.

  90. FunMe says:

    He’s from my hometown of San Antonio! SO proud of him. He’s a great singer. I didn’t know about him, but now I do. And so does America! LOVE it!

  91. HolyMoly says:

    That may be what she thought, but how she could think that anyone would want her to intentionally trash the National Anthem on national TV is beyond me. She’s about as un-funny to me as Andy Kaufmann was.

    Where we do agree, though, is that her weight has absolutely nothing to do with any of this. Ad hominems don’t contribute anything of value to the conversation.

  92. BeccaM says:

    Everybody in the Americas is the descendant of immigrants.

    But y’know, like everyone else here, I know I’m being redundant in noting that universally, racist xenophobes are filled with irrational hate and pig-ignorant.

    I took a quick glance* through that Tumblr compilation, and one detail I find hilarious is how many of the racist assholes have ‘foreign’ surnames, and whose own ancestors were very likely on the receiving end of anti-immigrant discrimination and hate.

    (* = A quick glance was about all I could stand. As it is, I’m hoping John has a seriously kick-ass brain-cleansing video later today.)

  93. Harry81 says:

    This is a common form of prejudice I see very often on “liberal” websites. I call it Regional Prejudice; it seems to make Northern liberals more comfortable, even smug, to think racism only exists in the Southern states. Many of my coworkers and neighbors truly are extremely racist, but most of them have moved here from Pennsylvania, Michigan or some other place north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Political leaning makes a bigger difference than geography, religion or even education. I agree with Larry Flint – I’ve never met a republican who wasn’t a racist. But all the real Democrats I know, no matter where they live are not racists!

  94. Ninong says:

    Close enough.

  95. Ninong says:

    That racist attitude towards Americans of Mexican descent has been a theme of racist Republicans like Pat Buchanan, who worked in the White House for Nixon, Ford and Reagan. He ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 1992, 1996 and 2000. In his book, “The Death of the West,” Buchanan lamented that white non-Hispanic American women were averaging only 1.9 babies (less than the replacement rate) compared to 3.3 babies per American citizen of Mexican descent.

    Buchanan famously called for white women in America to get busy making babies to prevent the destruction of the American way of life. Seriously! It’s the entire theme of his nasty, racist book. If you’re old enough, you might remember that Buchanan urged us all to buy Krugerrands to show our support for the white apartheid government in South Africa.

    That’s the way a substantial segment of the Republican party thinks. It’s what they have been preaching for as long as I have been alive. And it’s ironic to hear it from a white, Irish, ultra-conservative Roman Catholic like Patrick Buchanan! It wasn’t much more than 100 years ago that there were signs in Boston that said Irish and Catholics need not apply.

  96. HolyMoly says:

    He sounds very well-spoken for a child his age; most adults would have difficulty expressing themselves half as well as he did standing in front of a camera. It’s mostly ignorance and hatred that fueled the Facebook comments, but a part of me thinks there is also a touch of jealousy. They see this not-white child on national TV showing his amazing talent, and what can their kid do, other than burn ants with a magnifying glass? It kind of flies in the face of their “racial superiority” claptrap.

    Hypothetically speaking, I could care less if the anthem is sung by a non-citizen. Singing the anthem, to me, is a way of showing respect to the country. Why would I be offended by a French-Canadian, Brit, Ugandan, Colombian, whoever, wishes to show respect?

  97. TheOriginalLiz says:

    What is that saying… “Patriotism is the last refuge of the asshole”….

  98. Gary Harmer says:

    The issue of education strikes again. These negative tweets just show how stupid (and ignorant by choice) the redneck (or patriot) are. I’m not saying that patriots are stupid, I’m saying that those who use the term are idiots. Mostly southern bible belt folks that are doing exactly what they are complaining about. What was that song awhile back…my mother is my sister or something?

  99. Right, because what’s the most appropriate clothing choice for “redneck.”

  100. nicho says:

    Don’t blame Roseanne. She was a comedian, not a singer. Her schtick is crass humor. When a comedian is invited to do something, they assume you want them to do something funny. You don’t hire Louis CK to give the eulogy at your grandmother’s funeral. Blame the idiots who hired Roseanne. And what does her weight have to do with anything?

  101. chris10858 says:

    Seems CNN has posted an article about him.

    The journalist said that most people seemed to take offense at him wearing the mariachi suit but you never hear people complain when someone wears a Scottish kilt.

  102. chris10858 says:

    If instead of a little Hispanic kid singing the anthem, there had been say a red-haired guy in a Scottish kilt playing the bagpipes, those same haters would have been moved to tears. If they had watched someone such as Celine Dion sing the anthem, they probably have commented how beautiful she sang it, never mind the fact that she was born and raised a French Canadian. (Not just a regular Canadian.. one of those French ones!)

    I’d also love to ask these folks who they voted for in the last presidential election. My bet is that it wasn’t for the black guy.

  103. Mitchell Davis says:

    he sang it good.. a lot better than some of those “divas” that sung it.. probably because they didn’t have auto tune or even knew the lyrics or were lip synqing.. and what about that fat bitch Rose Ann Barr that totally fucked it up? This kid was born in the USA show him some respect. He replaced Danus Rucker who is African American and probably sung it better than he could

  104. olandp says:

    I was fearing his high note, but it was the best part. Imagine the bravery of being 11 and singing the National Anthem acapella, on national tv no less.

  105. Indigo says:

    Much better singer-performer than that Canadian kid with the high hair.

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