11-year-old Sebastien De La Cruz brushes off racist attacks

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The kid with the golden voice has a golden response to his haters.

On Tuesday, 11-year-old Sebastien De La Cruz belted out a stirring rendition of the national anthem at the NBA Finals in San Antonio, Texas, only to be subjected to a sortie of racist attacks on Twitter. Though De La Cruz is San Antonio born and raised, many viewers simply could not comprehend that a brown-skinned kid in a mariachi outfit might be anything other than "Mexican."

Twitter looked a lot like this Tuesday night, repeated ad nauseam:

Like his "golden voice," De La Cruz's response to the haters is surprisingly mature.

Update: De La Cruz is coming back for an encore. You'll hear him again Thursday night for Game 4.

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In an interview with a local news station, De La Cruz—whose father is a Navy veteran—brushed off the attacks with grace and humility.

“I knew that one day when I sing that people were going to judge me," he said. "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.”

Now take a moment to watch his performance from Tuesday. The kid nailed it:

Correction: Sebastien De La Cruz is 11 years old, not 10, as previously reported. We regret the error. 

H/T Hypervocal | Photo via FOX San Antonio/YouTube

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A Mexican-American boy sang the National Anthem, and racist NBA fans can't handle it
Last night's NBA Finals game had all the intrigue of a spoiled CBS drama. The San Antonio Spurs got ahead early, Miami tied it up around the half, and then the Spurs came out in the second to whip LeBron James and company into a furrowed frenzy. By the time I left the arena, with six minutes remaining, the Spurs were up 30—and climbing. Final score: Spurs 113, Heat 77.
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