Marc Anthony Criticized for Being a Mexican-American; Sings at MLB All-Star Game [Video]

Racism in Full Effect

Racism in Full Effect

Fans of America’s favorite pastime were not thrilled to see Marc Anthony sing “God Bless America” during the eighth inning of Tuesday’s Major League Baseball All-Star game. Much like when mariachi sensation, Mexican-American born in Texas, Sebastian de la Cruz sang the national anthem at the NBA Finals last month, viewers of the ESPN telecast were confused as to why a “Mexican” was chosen to sing the patriotic song.

The people calling out Anthony obviously were unaware that not only is he not Mexican, he was actually born in New York City. Anthony responded to the critics by saying, “Let’s get this straight. I was born and raised in New York. You can’t get more New York than me.”

While Anthony’s parents are Puerto Rican, he is a 100 percent an American, something he was surprised he had to clarify following this controversy. “I just want to set the record straight,” he said. “I’m more Puerto Rican than ever. I’m more New York than ever.”

A spokesperson for MLB told Fox News Latino, “Marc Anthony is a proud American, New Yorker and Mets fan. We think he performed a beautiful rendition of God Bless America at the All-Star Game.”

However not everyone agreed. Some called it disrespectful and un-American; many felt that MLB could have found a better representation for the spotlight. A barrage of tweets similar in nature flooded in during Anthony’s performance. Trey McNickle tweeted “Letting a Spanish guy sing God Bless America really hurts my heart. Figure it out America,” but he was also one of the few people to actually apologize for his comments. Whatever the census, it was evident that Multi-Grammy winner, Anthony, had the talent and stage presence to do it justice.

One of the things I have been most proud of with my country is our character to defend the powerless and lift up those who are down. We are founded on such a rich history of diversity that it is somewhat discouraging to see the racism that was spewed. As an African American woman, I live with the paradox of cautious optimism when considering where we are headed.

Many who hid behind their Twitter handles and Facebook posts seemed to miss the awesome display of cultural diversity displayed. After all, it may surprise them to hear that according to numbers provided by MLB 27 percent of the league is currently Latino.

A spokesperson for MLB told Fox News Latino, “Marc Anthony is a proud American, New Yorker and Mets fan. We think he performed a beautiful rendition of God Bless America at the All-Star Game.”

In the midst of what has seemingly turned America upside down and full of racial hysteria this is how Americans act. Hasn’t anyone learned anything from the notorious Zimmerman trial? Instead of leaving a place of chaos to heading towards a place of healing it leaves one to wonder if this is truly what our country is all about.

Marco Antonio Muñiz, known professionally as Marc Anthony, is an American actor, record producer and singer-songwriter. Anthony is the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time and America should be proud of him and all of his accomplishments.

The question remains; where do we go from here? It is during these times we realize just what work lies ahead for us as a country. This is an issue bigger than Mexican-Americans, Anthony and even Baseball. Race relations took center stage and many Americans rose to the challenge. We are different, that’s an understatement. What we must work towards is celebrating one another instead of isolating one another.

God Bless America – we truly need it.

 

 

By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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3 Responses to "Marc Anthony Criticized for Being a Mexican-American; Sings at MLB All-Star Game [Video]"

  1. EVELYN NEGRON   July 19, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Marc Anthony did a great joo singing the national anthem and spoke very while on hes behave…, AMEN, “VIVA PUERTO RICO…DEAL WITH IT!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Rebecca Savastio (@RSavastio)   July 18, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Absolutely beautifully written, Cherese! The people Tweeting their racist remarks are totally unaware of how the United States was founded and have no knowledge of what our forefathers wanted for our nation. It’s very disheartening and upsetting to see such hatred and ignorance thrown toward a man earnestly trying to do a great job to honor our nation. Why do people have so much hatred in their hearts? It’s depressing.

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  3. Tony Calderon   July 18, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Why do we allow black people to sing our national anthem? Why do we allow a black man to run our country, why is ESPN not making a statement on this?

    OVER 36Million AMERICAN CITIZENS (Mexican, Latinos) in the USA …. 33% of baseball players are LATINOS,,,,! YOU CAN’T STOP IT …. NO WAY,,, NO HOW,,,,,, DEAL WITH IT….

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