By now most Americans who follow the news know that during baseball’s annual All-Star Game held at Citi Field in New York City a few days ago, the bigots came out and Tweeted horrible, silly, stupid, racist and ignorant things about Marc Anthony singing God Bless America.
Tweeters called him un-American, a spic, a Mexican, a foreigner – you name it. Really dumb things, and I got to laugh my butt off at the nonsense. How many stupid people out there actually think all this to be true about one of America’s most famous cross-over artist?
For one, Marc Anthony, as we all should know by now, is an award-winning American singer born in New York City to Puerto Rican parents. Both New York City and Puerto Rico are part of the United States. One is a state; the other is a territory with all the rights of citizenship bestowed upon its residents by the US Constitution (except federal voting rights because it’s not a fully incorporated state of the Union) and the Jones-Shafroth Act of 1917.
Why a number of Americans do not understand this part of their own history is quite simple. The level of education in this country, despite untold billions poured into this giant rat-trap, still produces idiots regardless of race and ethnicity. Do we not teach social studies or American history anymore? Or, have those subject matters been replaced by feel-good subjects like Radical Protests 101 and Man-Made Climate Change 102?
However, no matter that we celebrate every January and hold dear to the legacy and wishes of Dr. Martin Luther King to be a country where color doesn’t matter, hatred still persists though not to a greater extent that it did before the 1970s. Some of it is hidden, but no one side can claim to be clean for there are black, Latino, and Asian bigots as well.
So the question: Where do we, as a nation, go from here? Granted, the tweets do not represent a majority of whites in this country any more than if the same were to happen at a basketball or soccer game and the tweeter’s race were reversed. It would be silly to believe that.
That said, having watched the video of Marc Anthony singing God Bless America (written by a Russian-born Jew named Irving Berlin in 1918, who went on to become an American citizen and popular composer), how can anyone be seriously offended? Offended by seeing an American of Puerto Rican descent sing one of America’s greatest patriotic melody?
So I have to ask, would those tweeters prefer the non-Hispanic, full-blooded white American named Roseanne sing God Bless America or the national anthem again at a baseball game and at the end hock a loogie on the mound for good ole sakes?
In conclusion, let’s not turn America’s favorite pastime sport into a racial cauldron. Mariano Rivera deserves better!
Lee Anthony Nieves is a conservative libertarian political commentator and frequent Being Latino contributor. He resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.