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  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    June 13, 2013 1:31 p.m.

    Martin Luther King said it best:

    "I have a dream, that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

  • NightOwlAmerica SALEM, OR
    June 13, 2013 2:05 p.m.

    That kid did a great job singing the anthem. Takes a lot of courage to be in front of thousands of basketball fans, and millions of viewers on TV.

  • FanofTHEgame Mapleton, UT
    June 13, 2013 2:26 p.m.

    Not to split hairs here, but Hispanic is not a race, its an ethnicity. Second, this isn't an ethnically driven issue, but an ignorance issue centered on false nationalism. The people that show their ignorance on the subject will most likely remain ignorant, biased to their own ignorance and defined by that same ignorance. Perhaps the day will come when this will no longer be the case, but I doubt it in my lifetime. Obviously, you don't have to be an American to sing The Star Spangled Banner. If he had sung it poorly or with disrespect (as many do, including, yes, Americans) then that would be one thing, but the young man was stellar and respectful. What is more American than a kid with talent showcasing it and making something of himself/herself? For those that continue to call for a litmus test as to who is "American" please remember that most of us here haven't been around all that long and none of us will be here forever. The American value, however, is founded on more eternal principles. Thank Heavens for that.

  • lloydlewisjr Montrose, CO
    June 13, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    Thanks< Fan of the Game, Night Owl of America, and rvalens2, for the positive comments. I feel as you do. I also commend the young man for his mature and thoughful comments on those who stooped so low as to slamming him for his racial background. I thought this was the United States, "melting pot of the world". My own heritage is very mixed and I'm proud of them all.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    June 13, 2013 3:08 p.m.

    Racism is alive and well, consequently so is the need for affirmative action.

    If you dislike affirmative action, behave in such a manner that it no longer is necessary and encourage your friends and others to do likewise.

  • The Short Bus St. Johns, NFL
    June 13, 2013 3:13 p.m.

    This is one of the best national anthems I've heard. that kid did a great job.

  • MormonDemocrat Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2013 4:49 p.m.

    This is a very depressing story. I can only hope that the good people who judge others by their character far outnumbeer the small-minded people who would criticize a talented kid because of his ethnic background or someone who makes a special effort to bridge a language barrier to help others. The slimy tweeters and commenters referenced in this story should be ashamed.

  • Mayfair City, Ut
    June 13, 2013 5:07 p.m.

    A segment of our country continually scream those of Latin decent must learn English and embrace American culture --and then when one does as they command, this is how they treat him. :(

  • SundanceKid27 OREM, UT
    June 13, 2013 5:29 p.m.

    These are just cowards hiding behind their twitter accounts. Most likely in real life they wouldn't say these horrible things. It is easy to say those things when there is no accountability.

    Just ignore these people instead of giving them press.

  • Filo Doughboy Bakersfield, CA
    June 13, 2013 5:34 p.m.

    Wonder if the Tweet-haters know:
    * the skin color of the original Americans?
    * the language of the first Americans?
    * language of the first American explorers?
    * the country/ethnicity/lingua of the first country that sent the first explorers?

    Give them all a 5th-grader's history test:
    Whether Spain, Spanish, Norwegian Vikings, French-Canadian trappers, or the original "Indian" dwellers/occupiers of North America:
    When was English first spoken here?

    Yup, we got the cream of the melting pot soup here for sure.

  • BH Tremonton, UT
    June 13, 2013 5:36 p.m.

    First, let me say, Wow! What a performance! This kid has a wonderful voice, and fills his song with emotion. You can see patriotism in his body language.

    It is so sad to see such ignorance in our country. It breaks my heart to think that such a wonderful young man would be submitted to such mean comments. I like to think that the people of our great republic have come so far since the 1960's, in developing love, or at least respect, for others. But comments like this show that we still have a very long way to go.

    Each and every one of the authors of these negative comments should be required to read and consider the fine response that this young man gave. He has certainly been raised well. Obviously great parents and grand-parents. The sort of people that any community or nation should be proud of.

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    June 13, 2013 7:03 p.m.

    He did a great job on short notice. I could see the anger coming over the years. Tell someone they are racist for wanting laws enforced, and see the resentment build. Especially when no one calls people out for using race to get a political advantage. He is a victim of bad politics and ethnic/race baiting.

    Is anyone surprised? seriously?

  • garysticht Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2013 8:46 p.m.

    Uhm the kid was born in San Antonio. 65% of the population of San Antonio is Hispanic (some of them with family that was in San Antonio when Texas was a part of Mexico, then Texas, then the USA.) Many of these young Hispanic Texans don't speak Spanish because their parents and grandparents didn't speak Spanish. I lived in San Antonio for two years and the patriotism of the good folks in San Antonio (and not just the white ones) is very apparent. Kudos to this young man for representing his city and nation with pride!

  • Brown Honeyvale, CA
    June 13, 2013 10:16 p.m.

    I would be curious to know how many bigoted/racist comments were tweeted… I hope this isn't the case of a media grasping at a chance for sensationalism. If so, the story damages mainly this young man who did a great job. I just don't see the problem with him being proud of his Mexican and American heritage. My family dresses up in Swiss outfits once a year and celebrates Swiss Days in my home town. (We are proud Americans.) Is that a problem? Unfortunately, there will always be the arrogant, less-bright who feel they are powerful when they put down another.

  • Brown Honeyvale, CA
    June 13, 2013 10:17 p.m.

    btw--I don't agree with the affirmative action comment…it just splits our nation now. My experience is that the 'hired because a minority' less qualified co-worker was a great person but shouldn't have been hired due to lack of qualifications (the person was encouraged to find a different job 2 yrs later). Employers should hire based on qualifications. (I am a minority btw and affirmative action just hurts us.)

  • Mebepeachy Centerville, UT
    June 13, 2013 10:42 p.m.

    I think he did a great job singing a very difficult song. I am much more concerned with the lack of patriotism shown by the professional basketball players. I realize they may be nervous about the game which is about to start but most of them do not even look at the flag nor do they place their hands over their hearts. They could be setting a positive example to many thousands of people about appropriate behavior during our national anthem. Yes, I realize that is not their job, however, most of them are American citizens. What's with that?

  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    June 14, 2013 10:46 a.m.

    I agree with Sundance Kid. There are always ignorant people out there who take advantage of the opportunity to say stupid things on the internet. I don't believe it's very reflective of NBA fans.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    June 14, 2013 11:02 a.m.

    I speak to young people all the time. Kids of many different races, religions and socio economic backgrounds. This is what they tell me they do not want to become or be, in any way-connected to. This is what the Republican party has turned into, I tell them. And with that, they choose to stay as far away from the GOP as they can. = Obama/Biden 2012

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    June 14, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    What I know, is that most of the negative comments I have heard about Mexicans-hispanics, has come from the mouths of republicans.
    republicans blame the mexicans for all or our countries problems. If we can just get the mexicans out of this country, everything will be happy days.
    Oh, just the illegal mexicans, they say. then they pass laws that target all people of color.
    Words matter, what starts as political statements, turns to hate speach, and then to violence and discrimination.
    Republ
    There are just too many good people in this country, who think otherwise, that will not allow this kind of thought, to win.

  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    June 14, 2013 12:04 p.m.

    Vidar,

    I'm life-long GOP and I agree with a lot of what you say. There is a lot of hostility toward Latinos due to illegal immigration. I wouldn't doubt that the ignorant tweets came from individuals who are so poisoned by the hostile rhetoric that they can't even see a Mexican child without being angry. I believe that's a big reason why the LDS Church has made such moderate statements on the issue.

    Regardless of the position on immigration (and I'm in favor of immigration reform), we can't lose sight of the fact that these individuals are our brothers and sisters. I still believe there are relatively few who would spew hatred at a Mexican-American child.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    June 14, 2013 1:55 p.m.

    To xert and Vidar:

    This is not the place nor setting to try to turn this article and issue into something political. By doing so, you are only showing your own biases, hatreds and ignorance. Neither of you have shown any prove or evidence whatsoever for your political accusations against Republicans.

    How about we all just band together against racism and leave politics out of this.

  • prelax Murray, UT
    June 14, 2013 2:39 p.m.

    I doubt it's just Republicans. Attempts to politicize it just makes it worse. See Rickardb's comment.

  • ExecutorIoh West Jordan, UT
    June 14, 2013 3:48 p.m.

    Is it really racism? From the quotes that I read, it looks like there is more a prejudice against a child of a different nationality. I know the article says that he was born in raised in San Antonio, but I doubt that many people know that. The key is that comments refer to Mexico, not Latinos or Hispanics.

    I know it ia a bit of a stretch, but this is in some ways like calling racism on Red Sox fans for hating the Yankees, because of a different culture between Boston and New York. Are we making too much of this and calling it something that it is not?

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    June 14, 2013 4:26 p.m.

    Re: ExecutorIoh

    "Is it really racism? From the quotes that I read, it looks like there is more a prejudice against a child of a different nationality."

    So therefore, it's less offensive and more acceptable? Oh, they were just calling him out because he looks like he's from a different country, no big deal. Really?

    Are black people, brown people, green people, blue people a different race from white? No. Yet it's called racism, in part because the word race was, and in many places still is, synonymous with ethnicity. It is a false term that attempts to de-humanize those who are not white. There is only one race of people on Earth: human. Different facial features, skin pigmentations, etc. do not make a new race.

    Is it really racism? It is, because we don't have a commonly used word to describe what it really is: hating a fellow human because they look different.

  • oldschooler USA, TX
    June 14, 2013 4:58 p.m.

    At least he knows where his ancestors came from and still continues good traditions alive, not like some of our people who do not want to admit they came from Mexico and feel ashamed of that or forgot their original lanbguage. He did a great job and showed respect for the national anthem. Good for him, my respects.

  • Mom of Five Orem, UT
    June 14, 2013 8:00 p.m.

    Wow. That was amazing. That kid is good.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    June 14, 2013 9:14 p.m.

    "Tell someone they are racist for wanting laws enforced, and see the resentment build."

    No, Richard, they are racist because they are racist. Plain and simple.

    "He is a victim of bad politics and ethnic/race baiting."

    This kid isn't a victim at all. The people that made the racist comments about this kid are simply racists. Nasty racists.

    I saw an interview with this kid today, he was well spoken and in regard to the racist comments he figuratively just brushed them off his shoulders. That's how much he cared about them. No, this kid isn't a victim.

    The future is bright with kids like this around. What a great American!

  • ChuckGG Gaithersburg, MD
    June 15, 2013 6:43 a.m.

    I wonder how many of these negative tweeters would make the same remarks openly in public? Racism is alive and well in America and I thought it had died decades ago. This WASP is ashamed of such behavior - no class at all. I wonder if the racists are increasing or is it just they now have the internet instead of public restroom walls to spew their hatred?

  • earthquakejake Logan, UT
    June 15, 2013 6:45 a.m.

    The kid was born and raised in Texas. How is that not American?

  • Clifton Palmer McLendon Gilmer, Texas
    June 15, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    RACISM: The assumption that psychocultural traits and capacities are determined by biological race and that races differ decisively from one another which is usually coupled with a belief in the inherent superiority of a particular race and its right to domination over others. [definition taken from "Webster’s Third New International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged" (Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.; 1981)]

    The people who made the negative remarks did not show racism -- they showed ETHNOCENTRISM (a preference of one's own culture over another).

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    June 15, 2013 1:15 p.m.

    "I speak to young people all the time. Kids of many different races, religions and socio economic backgrounds. This is what they tell me they do not want to become or be, in any way-connected to. This is what the Republican party has turned into, I tell them. And with that, they choose to stay as far away from the GOP as they can. = Obama/Biden 2012"

    Wow, xert. You epitomize the typical liberal brainwashing. Make up lies about what Republicans do and tell children that that is the way the GOP works. I bet you were annoyed when Romney made the 47% comment. Well, this is your 47% comment.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    June 16, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    Well, Riverton Couger, unfortunately that is what the Republican Party has turned into. You might not like it. You might want to deny it, but it is what it is. And it's good that kids are recognizing it.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    June 16, 2013 4:23 p.m.

    "Well, Riverton Couger, unfortunately that is what the Republican Party has turned into. You might not like it. You might want to deny it, but it is what it is. And it's good that kids are recognizing it."

    Are you a member of the Republican Party? I am, so I believe I can give you a better idea of what happens in the Republican Party. Things I know about the Democratic Party I hear from people in the party, telling me what they say or do. I had a missionary companion from LA, very close to Santa Monica, and he told me what Democrats say about Republicans (he believed it, too).

    Why should I believe you?

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    June 17, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    Haha, what? Dude, I'm a member of no political party. But, of course I don't have to be to know what the Republican Party has become. I listen to them, I follow them very closely, I read their litature, just as I follow politics closely nationally and locally.

    Sure don't need to be a member of a party to know what they are doing.

    Cool you had someone tell you what democrats say about republicans, and I'm glad he believed what he said. But what does that have to do with anything I said.

    The Republican Party has become a group ran by an extreme faction, and that faction is thick with bigots, misogynists, and racists.

    You sure don't have to believe anything I say, but all you have to do is listen to what Republicans say. I live in Utah. Do you really think I do not know what Republicans say? Do you really think I don't hear the racial slurs and bigoted comments conservatives and Republicans make. Do you really think I don't see the signs they

    Yep, you can deny it all you want, but it is what it is.

  • LetsDebate PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    June 17, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    @mark - and you can make all the slurs against Republicans that you want, and it doesn't make them true. I live in Utah also, and most of my friends are Republican. None of them make racial slurs or bigoted or misogynistic comments. Seems the one making unfounded and demeaning comments is you and people like you who lump all members of one political persuasion into an ugly mass based on the stupid remarks of a very few people. If you think Democrats, or Independents, or Libertarians don't have an equally bigoted and misguided few in their ranks, you have truly drunk a single-flavored cool-aid. Your comments are far more indicative of a blind and unwarranted hatred than of any objective thought.

  • UteMiguel Go Utes, CA
    June 17, 2013 7:57 p.m.

    Inspiring performance by the young man.

  • Mack2828 Ft Thomas, KY
    June 18, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    Much ado about nothing. Somebody posted racist comments on the internet?? My goodness...gasp...next thing you know we will be reading articles telling us pornography is available on the internet.