In case you haven’t heard of this, Sebastian De La Cruz, an 11 year old mariachi singer from San Antonio, Texas sang the national anthem before Game 3 of the NBA Finals. He did an awesome tear-inducing job, as seen here.
However, some people didn’t think that this little brown kid had any right to sing the national anthem of the United States, and took to Twitter to say so. Mayhem ensued, but luckily Public Shaming captured the tweets for the world to see. And then the fun began.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of outraged people such as myself took it upon themselves to expose the racists by retweeting and/or commenting on the offending remarks. Many of the accounts were closed, I’m assuming, because of the torrent of anger aimed at them. That’s ok with me. The story was picked up by CNN, Fox, other major news outlets. Yours truly was even featured in the examples of those who called out the racists tweeters. This is a screen shot from the CNN article.
Yes, that was the gist of my tweets. I had one person call me on my not-very-loving response to the haters, and wasn’t I really just like them? Of course I disagree, and I see no reason to let racists get away with their garbage, and nor any reason to not use strong words to do so.
One interesting part of this was that one of the offending tweets was by a man who identified himself (in his Twitter bio) as a fireman in Augusta, Georgia. (from CNN)
I took it upon myself to contact the fire department (and encouraged others to do so as well)
and make them aware of FF Lacey’s comments. Hey, if you’re going to tweet hate AND list your place of employment, well, you’re going to have to live with those consequences. The Deputy Fire Chief replied to my email and said he was looking into the matter. It is not my expectation or hope that FF Lacey will be fired, but I do expect and hope that he will be schooled in behavior unbecoming a fire fighter.
The Augusta Chronicle picked up the story on Andre Lacey. Read the comments. FASCINATING. He has since apologized. Read the comments again. Somehow they equate people like me taking him to task as trying to take away his First Amendment rights. Glad one commenter addressed that fallacy.
Posting ugly racist comments is bad enough, but directing them at a child is despicable. You’ve been warned. We’re not letting it slide, because SILENCE=ACCEPTANCE.