Over the weekend, a video of Tennessee native, Keaton Jones, went viral after he tearfully recalled moments of bullying at his school. The Facebook video, posted by his mother Kimberly Jones, went viral almost instantly as it amassed over 22 million views. While a number of celebrities of color like Snoop Dogg, Rihanna and T.I. have provided support to the child, others are now calling out his mother for her political views.
On Monday (Dec. 11), posts from Jones came to light about her views on black protestors and a few photos showing her deep connection to the confederate flag. The single mother also reportedly condemned the actions of Colin Kaepernick, who silently protested against police brutality by taking a knee during the National Anthem last year. In a post from August 2017, Jones added to the continuing conversation about discipline towards children in the states.
Public insight has also swayed onto the topic of the power of black compassion and karma.
Her son, Keaton — who has his own social media account — uploaded an apology on behalf of his mother on Monday (Dec. 11). “I love my mother but I also realize wrong is wrong,” he said. “I hope we can all put her mistakes in the past and focus on bettering the world.”
His mother’s original video of the 11-year-old has been deleted, but has been seen across the nation, thanks to the child’s celebrity admirers and followers. “We all know how it feels to want to belong,” Jones said in her post, “but only a select few know how it really feels not to belong anywhere.”
A GoFundMe has been created for the family with over $50,000 in donations received.
Jones has also been invited to a number of events by celebrities like Hailee Steinfeld, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans.
Keaton, will you’ve my guest at the Premiere of #InfinityWar too? I think you are about one of the coolest kids I have ever seen! Can’t wait to meet you in person, pal. Forget those ignorant kids. One day, very soon, they are going to feel pretty stupid for this. https://t.co/BqJLxu25GN
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 11, 2017
Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mom like to come to the Avengers premiere in LA next year? https://t.co/s1QwCQ3toi
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 10, 2017
— Hailee Steinfeld (@HaileeSteinfeld) December 10, 2017
— Delanie Walker (@delaniewalker82) December 9, 2017