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National Prejudice Cannot Prevail
"What I'm not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry, and more unity, peace, and understanding. Period."(Stevie Wonder)
National prejudice cannot prevail anywhere; much less in America!
America is the second largest continent in the world, after Asia. Occupying much of the western hemisphere of Earth. It consists of three sub-continents:
- North America
- Central America
- South America
- An island arc known as the West Indies.
It is said that Americans do not equate their nationality with ethnicity, but with citizenship. The reason is because the country is home to people of different national origins. Who were the first Americans? Is there a "pure" American citizen?
Who were the first Americans?
Mexican-American Boy: Sebastien De la Cruz
The interpretation given by De la Cruz, an 11 year old boy at the NBA Finals, generated in social networks all kinds of criticism and racism, which "denounced" a lack of respect for the nation because he was dressed as a "Mariachi", singing the national anthem. Some ignorant people told him to go to Mexico, questioning his legal residence (he was born in Texas).
Before game three of the NBA Finals, filling in at the last minute for Darius Rucker who canceled, and to counter this barrage of opinions against the organizers, once again the child was invited to sing the anthem; this time accompanied by the mayor of San Antonio, Hispanic Democrat Julian Castro.
Mexican American, Sebastien De La Cruz Singing Of National Anthem Sparks Racist Comments
Marc Anthony the singer
"God Bless America"
Marc Anthony, the singer born and raised in New York, NY with Puerto Rican descendants was victim of racist attacks in social media after singing the patriotic song "God Bless America" in one of the most important baseball games of the year, the All-Star Game, held in New York in July 2013.
These criticisms came after the Mexican-American boy Sebastien De la Cruz generated controversy for singing the National Anthem dressed like a "Mariachi."
Marc Anthony "God Bless America"
Who can sing a national hymn?
Twitter messages could be read as "a Hispanic singing 'God Bless America' really hurts my heart" or "Do not we have an American artist who can sing (the anthem)?" Some Twitter users posted messages that harshly criticized the choice of Anthony and questioned his citizenship. Following these reviews, many people defended the selection of Anthony to sing "God Bless America."
"Unbelievable racism in America, just because an eleven year old Mariachi boy (from Texas) and a music star of Puerto Rican descendants (born in New York), sang 'God Bless America".
Immigration reform bill
These controversies in social networks emerge as Congress discusses a proposed federal immigration reform bill that would legalize the status of some eleven million illegal immigrants estimated to be living in the country.
How dare anyone can come up with a speck of prejudice? To these I say, "Take a look in a mirror, then at their own family. Don't stop, keep looking to your right, left...all around; from California to New York Island. Search history and geography details... and then find a pure "American."
Before judging or making an opinion, I invite you to observe, search and analyze. Marc Anthony might be accustomed to public criticism. An 11 year old boy that had the courage to stand before an ocean of people; that sung as an angel, showed more dignity than those that tried to put him down.
Not only this land is your land and my land...but, the whole Universe is yours and mine!
May God bless America and everyone else!
© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill
© 2013 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill