Three years ago Sebastien de la Cruz became the target of hateful racist online commentary after he sang the national anthem during the NBA Finals in San Antonio.
People told him to go back to Mexico. He was just 11 years old. Now, at 14, Sebastien sang the National Anthem at day 3 of the DNC.
Posted by NBC Latino on Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Hater talk never made Sebby mad.
The first time Sebastien de la Cruz sang the national anthem in front of millions of people, he was 11-years-old. The San Antonio Spurs (miss you Timmy!) tapped the young Mexican-American mariachi with the golden voice to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” during Game 3 of the 2013 NBA finals. A lot of people couldn’t stand the idea of a young, proud Latino singing his country’s national anthem while dressed as a mariachi, so of course the Spurs brought him back for Game 4.
Sebastien is back again. This time, he’s 14-years-old, and he performed the national anthem during day 3 of the Democratic National Convention. The video gave me chills; It was a nice reminder that this young Mexican-American is as much a part of this country’s fabric as Francis Scott Key’s music, or the stars and stripes the black Vietnam veteran is saluting. Sebastien’s performance and this audience’s reaction that America really, truly is great already.