Terri Coles
June 14, 2013

Awesome Anthem-Singing Kid Faces Haters and Performs Again (VIDEO)

Adorable 11-year-old singer Sebastien De La Cruz isn’t going to let racism stop him from singing, and he proved it by performing the national anthem again last night in Miami — and performing it well, to boot.

San Antonio’s mayor, Julian Castro, introduced De La Cruz — a former America’s Got Talent semifinalist — before he sang, calling him a “phenomenal young man.” Then De La Cruz — again, he’s eleven — brought the house down with a great rendition of a very difficult song.

De La Cruz was hit with a deluge of terrible and racist comments after he performed the anthem at the last minute before the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs NBA Finals game in San Antonio on Tuesday night. People commented on De La Cruz’s mariachi outfit — he’s known as El Charro de Oro or The Golden Mariachi — and assumed because he’s of Mexican heritage, he must be an illegal immigrant. (He was born in the United States and is a citizen by birth.)

We’re not sure what possesses a bunch of people to say hateful things about a kid, but De La Cruz is handling it awesomely. Here’s what he said to Fox San Antonio:

“I knew that one day when I sing that people were going to judge me. That’s why over the time I’ve grown, I’ve learned that you don’t really care what people say about you, it’s what you think about yourself.”

Over the time he’s grown — he’s eleven! Plenty of adults lack that kind of perspective. So if you need a pick-me-up to get you ready to tackle Friday and make it to the weekend, watch the video of this awesome kid giving the best response to haters by performing beautifully.