Later, he discussed the backlash with reporters.
“To be honest,” he said, “It’s just the people how they were raised. My father and my mother told me that you should never judge people by how they look. You should judge them on the inside. And the saying that I go by is never judge a book by its cover.”
I don’t have that kind of self-restraint. When I hear stories like this, I get sad. Then, I get enraged.
I mean, enough is enough!
De La Cruz is a Mexican-American born in San Antonio.
That means he is part of a community that has — since Manifest Destiny, the U.S.-Mexican War and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 — put up with more than 100 years of discrimination and mistreatment at the hands of those who consider themselves superior.
Even if, as the racist tweets show, they don’t always act in ways that convey this alleged sense of superiority.
The part about De La Cruz being Mexican-American, as opposed to a Mexican immigrant, is essential to the story. It’s a complicated road.
“They don’t know my life,” he told reporters about his tormentors. “My father was actually in the Navy for a really long time…People don’t know, they just assume that I’m just Mexican. But I’m not from Mexico. I’m from San Antonio born and raised, a true San Antonio Spurs fan.”
When De La Cruz did an interview with Univision, the Spanish-language network, he did it in English.
And this is what the nativists were worried about — that Mexican-Americans are not assimilating?