On Friday, a woman named Kimberly Jones from Knoxville, Tennessee, posted a video of her son Keaton crying about getting bullied to social media, and the vid went quickly viral. Keaton's heartbreaking pleas for kindness plucked many heart strings. He was invited to the Avengers premiere by Chris Evans, a GoFundMe, which has of now, raised $58,000 and counting, was obviously getting money hand over fist, and celebs everywhere were rallying for Keaton.
It turns out that sticking a camera in your child's face when they're sobbing isn't a hallmark of great parenting. The Root reports that evidence of the Jones family's commitment to their Confederate past via racist flag flying has been surfacing, as well as screenshots of conversations supposedly had with Kimberly, sayings "us whites" need to stick together. It's worth noting that this person is alleging to be Kimberly. That said, it looks very, very bad.
Okay, this sucks. Keaton is a kid of course, and so it's hard to heap too much blame on him. As Complex notes, stories have also come up that suggest he wasn't so much as bullied, as much as his classmates were trying to get him to stop using racist slurs, including the n-word.
The person who revealed the photos of Keaton racists family last night also said that Keaton repeatedly call a kid in school ni**er on several different occasions. And that the kids got on Keaton's ass to make him stop. So is it really Bullying... https://t.co/oXbAf6xHqs— In Why See (@Candi_AppleRed1) December 11, 2017
Y'all donated over $60K to that little white boy Keaton's mama when it turns out she racist as hell and he was calling kids at school nigger. Y'ALL GOT GOT! Gonna take that lil boy to Infinity War premiere and he gonna tell Black Panther to go back to Wakanda. LMFAO pic.twitter.com/lj82eo5RiQ— Khris (@khristen) December 11, 2017
turns out the kid who was being “bullied” actually wasn’t bullied at all and was called out for using racial slurs against black kids. he also is a part of a white supremacist family. @ChrisEvans just invited him to the Avengers premiere next year tho pic.twitter.com/4IL6k9SjeP— nae (@naejasme) December 11, 2017
i think its totally and hilariously ironic that Keaton's family is racist. You're pointing out that bullies pick on people for their differences but.....— SB 🇧🇧 (@ShanBabb) December 11, 2017
Knowing what we now know about Keaton Jones, it's interesting that some are STILL making excuses for him & showing him more sympathy & love than they did #TamirRice.— Neale (@AbeFroman) December 11, 2017
My point is not to demonize Keaton, it's to ask why Tamir's family didn't have celebrities rallying for them too.
I think about bb Keaton, and then I think about my grandmother who got bullied, spit on, and called the n-word for trying to go to the movies in her 30s and then I’m not so worried about Keaton and his racist Mom.— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) December 11, 2017
For what it's worth, according to the Tennessean, Principal Greg Clay, says that he wasn't aware of the child being bullied. Clay also claims that the incident discussed in the video was resolved as of a few weeks ago. "It's not as rampant as the video would have you believe," said Principal Clay. "I can't tell you what was done, but I can tell you action was taken with the children."
MMA fighter Joe Schilling posted a now viral video on Instagram, sharing a conversation he alleges happened between himself and a woman presenting herself as Kimberly. Schilling claims he contacted Kimberly to invite them to Los Angeles for a Bellator event to meet fighters and become his "friend." Supposedly, she responded by saying she just "wants money" and just wants the GoFundMe account to be shared, which raised a huge red flag. Schilling says that when he asked her why, she explained that she was a single mother and Christmas is coming.
As always, it's worth repeating that this person is alleging to be Keaton's mother, but it's unconfirmed as to who is running the account.
It's hard to resist viral causes, especially when some kid is weeping on your timeline, but next time check the parent's social media accounts before donating.