Keaton Jones' Mom Slams Claims She's Racist After Confederate Flag Photos Emerge

Racism Allegations And Fake Fundraisers The Viral Story Of Keaton Jones Has Become A Mess

It's been just days since an emotional video of middle-schooler Keaton Jones went viral after his mother Kimberly filmed her son crying about being bullied at school.

The video also led to scrutiny of Jones' social media accounts, including a post showing a photograph of her and relatives with a Confederate flag and an American flag that prompted a backlash online.

But past Facebook posts indicate that Shawn White, a man who appears to be Keaton's father, was a member of the Aryan Circle - a prison gang identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an "organised white supremacist group". The video went through Facebook and Twitter like wildfire, so much so that even celebrities saw it. Actors from famous movie franchises, musicians and more all converged to extend support and love to the young boy. In another photo, Mr White can be seen posing next to a man with a swastika tattoo.

White shared images on the social media site displaying tattoos that say "Pure Breed" and "White Pride", as well as an image wearing a Nazi SS hooded sweatshirt.

"While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mum like to come to the Avengers premiere in L.A. next year?" he added. According to the ADL, this is an abbreviation for the Aryan circle motto: "My Honor is Called Loyalty". Since the photo controversy, the GoFundMe page has been shut down.

"Those who know me and my family know we aren't racist".

Turns Out Keaton Jones Father is Racist with
Keaton Jones' Mom Slams Claims She's Racist After Confederate Flag Photos Emerge

The father also reportedly shared several white supremacist memes to Facebook in 2014 before he was detained.

Court documents obtained by The Independent show Mr White had a checkered criminal past. He was picked up again in October 2013 for aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, driving with a suspended license and evading arrest. "This is an epidemic", she told ABC News.

Efforts to raise money for Keaton sparked by his heartfelt message on bullying have also turned scandalous.

It's unclear what, if any, relationship Shawn has with Keaton.

Putting a dampener on what was emerging as one of the feel-good stories of the year, the photos showed Ms Jones and others members of the family posing with Confederate flags - controversial, as the Confederate symbol is closely tied to America's racist history. It was ironic. It was amusing, "Jones told CBS".

"For those that don't know Keaton's father isn't in he's [his] life and we are going through Soo much with Keaton's school and personal things I can't discuss at this time".

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