Monday, 28 May, 2018

Keaton Jones' Mom Defends Confederate Flag Photos: 'I'm Not Racist'

Emotional bullying video: Mom addresses backlash over Confederate flag posts Mom of boy behind viral anti-bullying video speaks out after backlash
Nicole Thomas | 13 December, 2017, 08:09

Over the weekend, Keaton Jones went from being someone the world knew little about to an overnight sensation.

The viral video of 11-year-old Keaton Jones, a Tennessee boy who cried about bullying in a cell phone video recorded by his mother, took the internet by storm over the last several days.

The man who started the GoFundMe for a bullied Tennessee boy is calling on donors to decide what to do with the money raised. It sparked reactions from across the country and around the world. By way of explanation for those troubling photos, she offered CBS News the wan defense that her confederate flag images were "meant to be ironic and amusing", a claim that demonstrates a flexible understanding of both irony and humor. "People who know us know that", she continued and said that the family photo with the Confederate flag is real but that it is not racist in any way. "I love Captain America", Keaton said. "I did not tell him that I would rather have donations instead of the help from celebrities", she said.

"People are different, it's not their fault". Perhaps more significantly, his mother's confederate flag photo suggests that she lacked the social media savvy to anticipate how others might respond to anything she posted.

She added, "I am genuinely, truly sorry".

"I can't tell you what was done, but I can tell you action was taken with the children", Clay told Knox News. Since the photo controversy, the GoFundMe page has been shut down.

There are now GoFundMe campaigns dedicated to Ashawnty and Rosalie, both of which are exceeding their fundraising goals.

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Though some questions have arisen about Keaton's mother's social media posts, she did not return repeated interview requests Tuesday, and declined to speak to reporters outside the UT athletics building.

Horace Maynard Middle School, the school that Keaton now attends, will hold an anti-bullying assembly on Monday.

Keaton Jones just wants to know why people bully others.

"As I sit back and read these comments and watched the video again I feel I have to make this update".

"If they want to hate me or whatever that's fine, but still talk to your kids because this is an epidemic", she said when asked about accusations that she released the video to make money. That includes Evans, who said he still regards Keaton as a "hero" - along with another boy who had been bullied. "[It's] a serious thing that goes on in our society".

Schilling also shared a screen capture of the conversation he had with the user claiming to be Kimberly Jones.

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