11-year-old anthem singer victim of racism

Sebastien De La Cruz. (Screen grab)

Sebastien De La Cruz. (Screen grab)

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, Last Updated: 3:31 PM ET

If you popped on Twitter prior to Wednesday's Game 3 of the NBA final, you probably stumbled upon a series of tweets referring to the game.

They weren't related to basketball, though.

The discussion revolved around Sebastien De La Cruz before and after he sang the national anthem at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

On the web, the 11-year-old was hated by many and lauded by some.

The hateful commentary was amplified because the messages were not directed at the boy's singing talents.

Instead, De La Cruz became the subject of online racism.

The Mexican-American was called an "illegal immigrant," "alien," and everything imaginable in between.

(Only a few offensive tweets remain public, but the website Public Shaming has saved a bunch.)

To his credit, De La Cruz handled the situation with class in a CNN interview.

"For those that said something bad about me, I understand it's your opinion," he said. "I'm a proud American and live in a free country. It's not hurting me. It's just your opinion."


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