Racist Tweets Aimed At Grammy-Award Winning NYC Native Who Sang ‘God Bless America’ (VIDEO)

It's not about Marc Anthony's place of birth. The real issue is that racism against Hispanics, especially those who are American, is an everyday occurrence. Video screenshot.

It’s not about Marc Anthony’s place of birth. The real issue is that racism against Hispanics, especially those who are American, is an everyday occurrence. Video screenshot.

Twitter, your ugly is showing again.

We recently celebrated the 2013 MLB All-Star Game in Queens, NY. What better way to kick things off than with a rousing rendition of “God Bless America” sung by a Grammy-award winning, multi-platinum record selling native New Yorker? Unless, of course, that New Yorker is dark-skinned, Puerto Rican descendant, Marc Anthony.

Just as it did after sweet young Sebastien de la Cruz sang the national anthem at the NBA finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs, Twitter has shown its very ugly side with a barrage of racist tweets aimed at Anthony and his Hispanic origin. Apparently, it’s only okay to sing patriotic songs about America if you fit the accepted criteria for looking American (i.e., you’re white).

“Why the fuck is a spic singing God Bless America?– Chance Jones @chancellorjones

“Shouldnt an AMERICAN be singing God Bless America? #getoutofmycountry #allstargame–Kris Reider @kreiderkid

“Why is Marc Anthony singing “God Bless America?” He’s not even American. Shoulda got someone sweet like Kesha”–Spencer Babcock @jakebabcock

Then there are those who love to show off their tremendous ignorance by just assuming that all Hispanic looking persons must be Mexican.

“How they going to pick a got damn Mexican to sing God Bless AMERICA?”–Blaine Sonnier @Sonnier6

“Who’s the fuckface who booked a Mexican to sing god bless America?”–Andrew Janosek @Janosek21

And, of course, let’s not forget that question that is on all of our minds:

“Another disgrace Marc Anthony singing god bless America.Is he even an American citizen?”–Brian Edwards @Dusboy7

Excellent question, Brian. A five-second Google search quickly turns up all we need to know about Marc Anthony’s citizenship. Born and raised in New York City to Puerto Rican parents. You can’t get much more American than that.

But still, that’s not good enough for some. Josh Turnock (@jtrnk33) was dismayed to find out that Marc Anthony is, indeed, American, and responded with:

“doesn’t look it”

[/sarcasm] How dare Marc Anthony not look American! Of course, only white people look American! [/sarcasm]

As long as we’re at it, you should also know that the All Stars featured as the best players of America’s favorite pastime are not all American. Robinson Canó, José Bautista, and David Ortiz, among others, were all born in the Dominican Republic. Miguel Cabrera and Carlos González are from Venezuela. Grant Balfour is from Australia. Jesse Crain and Joey Votto are from Canada. There are many others who are from other countries. So tell me again about that time Twitter blew up with a racist rant about a non-American playing America’s game?

But what’s the real question here? It’s not about Anthony’s place of birth. That is nothing more than a cover for underlying issues. The real issue here is that racism against Hispanics, especially those who are American, is a common, everyday occurrence. It’s accepted. It’s tolerated. People aren’t embarrassed by it. Sometimes I wonder if they even see it as racism. For that, they would have to accept that a Hispanic is a person, too.

I am proud of my Hispanic heritage. I teach my children to be proud of who they are, Hispanic as well as white. Being Hispanic does not make me less of a person. Because I had the privilege of growing up to love my Hispanic heritage, I speak two languages. I understand two cultures. I have love for my country, America, and my mother’s country, Uruguay. I can enjoy football and fùtbol. I can get annoyed by soap operas and telenovelas. I can move among two different cultures and never feel like I don’t belong. I’m proud of that. And I can understand how some people might feel threatened by it. But that doesn’t make it okay for you to shame me or any other Hispanic for it.

Racism is far from dead, America. The sooner we accept that, the sooner we can squash it. We’re too good a people for hate like this.

By the way, Anthony did an amazing job singing “God Bless America.” Here’s the video: