It’s awful enough how drippingly racist Augusta firefighter Andre Lacey’s “tweet” was. He accused an 11-year-old Hispanic-American mariachi singer of “lookin like an illegal immigrant” when the young San Antonio native belted out the national anthem at Tuesday’s NBA finals game.
But Lacey’s spectacularly offensive remark – he had lots of creepy company – is also yet another example of how people armed with electronic devices can do inestimable harm to themselves and others with their bounteous ignorance and hatred.
We’ve seen this boy interviewed. What an incredible young man who, at 11, has more class and dignity than all of his many online detractors combined.
Beautifully, he was asked to sing again at Thursday’s game. What a statement!
Comedian Steve Martin long ago joked about criticizing things you don’t know about. Today, it’s a way of life for a sad many people.