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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is one of the best national anthems I've heard. that kid did a great
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.
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. :(
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.
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.
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
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?
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!
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.
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.)
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
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.
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
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.RepublThere are just
too many good people in this country, who think otherwise, that will not allow
this kind of thought, to win.
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
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.
I doubt it's just Republicans. Attempts to politicize it just makes it
worse. See Rickardb's comment.
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?
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.
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
Wow. That was amazing. That kid is good.
"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
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?
The kid was born and raised in Texas. How is that not American?
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).
"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.
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.
"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
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.
@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
Inspiring performance by the young man.
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.