Singer Marc Anthony this week defended his singing of “God Bless America” at Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game earlier this month.
As with Texan Sebastien de la Cruz’s rendition of the national anthem at the NBA Finals in San Antonio in June, Anthony’s performance drew racist tweets. Most of the ignorant commenters lamented why such a beloved American classic was sung by a “Mexican.”
For your information, haters, not all Latinos are Mexicans. Although Anthony’s family is of Puerto Rican descent and de la Cruz’s of Mexican heritage, they were both born in the United States and are just as American as you.
And since when did it become a requirement to be Anglo to perform patriotic songs in America?
On the “Today” show this week Anthony made a very insightful observation: “If you think about it, Irving Berlin was a Russian-Jewish immigrant who wrote ‘God Bless America.’ Just think about that for one second.”