Sebastian De La Cruz Addresses Racist Remarks

June 13, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Sebastian De La Cruz, an 11-year-old boy who sang the national anthem during the San Antonio Spurs-Miami Heat NBA Finals game, responded to racist and condescending remarks online.

“On the positive remarks, I just want to thank everybody for their support,” Sebastien told MySanAntonio.com on Wednesday.

He added: “With the racism remarks, to be honest, it’s just the people how they were raised. My father and my mother told me that you should never judge people by how they look. You should judge them on the inside. And the saying that I go by is never judge a book by its cover.”

Some commenters were up in arms because De La Cruz, who made it to the semi-finals on “America’s Got Talent,” wore a traditional mariachi-style outfit while he sang the national anthem.

Fox News reported that he was asked to step in for former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker after he canceled singing the national anthem over travel problems.

Some commenters made comments, including that someone “ask him for his green card,” according to Fox. The announcer said that De La Cruz was born in the United States

“Please do not pay attention to the negative people. I am an American living the American dream. This is part of the American life,” De La Cruz said on Twitter.

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