Confederate Flags, Stolen Donations & How The Keaton Jones Story Went From Heartbreaking To Horrifying
This past week, the internet has found space in their heart to sympathize with Tennessee student, Keaton Jones.
Jones went viral after his mother filmed him in the video talking about how his classmates have been going out of their way to bully him, throwing bread at him, pouring milk on him. His recollection of the events was incredibly sad. And considering the fact that bullying has caused several children across the country to take their lives, like 10-year-old Ashawnty Davis, it’s an issue that needs our collective attention.
So, in support of Jones, celebrities and regular folks helped the video go viral. Over the weekend, we reported that celebrities like Snoop, T.I., Cardi B. and Chris Brown shared the video in support of Keaton Jones.
After the video started gaining traction, Joseph Lam launched a Go Fund Me account in support of Keaton.
In the description for the Go Fund Me, it says that the money raised will be used for Keaton’s future. Still, that doesn’t seem to address how that will address the issue of bullying, which is why we know Keaton’s name in the first place.
Still, despite this hole, the Go Fund Me account which sought to raise $20,000, raised $56,851 in two days.
Sometime after the launch of the campaign though, people started doing their research. And what they found was disturbing. Keaton’s mother, Kimberly Jones, wrote an anti-protest post on Facebook, one that seemed to be antithetical to the message against bullying.
There were also images of Kimberly and her children toting the Confederate flag.
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#KeatonJones’ GoFundMe Drive garnering over $60,000 for the bullied child-turned-viral sensation has halted after Jones’ mother, #KimberlyJones is revealed to be racist. Joseph Lam, the 37-year-old New Jersey man who initiated the campaign, said he didn’t know the family, but wanted to make sense of the situation and make sure everyone had Keaton’s interests at heart. He said he had heard from “a lot of people with concerns” about whether the mom was racist, but added: “I’m more concerned with the kid.” I would like to do a college fund for the kid, it’s not the kid’s fault,” he told TheWrap. He said he was still reeling from the suicide of a 10-year-old boy in his community when he first saw Keaton Jones’ video, and decided to start the campaign to help. An update posted on the GoFundMe page said he’s “in touch” with GoFundMe “on how to proceed at this point.” via: The Wrap #MaddHattaMorningShow
Later, theories emerged suggesting that the reason Keaton was bullied because he called his classmates the n-word.
Lastly, when professional boxer Joe Schilling reached out to Keaton Jones’ mother online to invite her son to a fight and to meet other boxers, he realized something was awry. Jones said that all she wanted Schilling to do was donate to and promote her Go Fund Me account. When he asked her how the money was going to be used, she said as Christmas gifts for her children.
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Professional MMA #JoeSchilling exposed #KeatonJones’ mother #KimberlyJones for her racist rhetoric she was spewing to him in private. Also, she’s happily accepting money from blacks in her go fund me she started immediately after her bullied son’s video she’s shot went viral. How interesting….Keaton’s sister also allegedly confirmed it’s a fake account. The FB account first showing the family with confederate flags is real and has been removed. #MaddHattaMorningShow
You’ll notice that in the correspondence with Jones, Jones tried to reprimand Schilling for not sticking together, as two White folks, against the predator. (There are those who believe the Instagram account has been proven fake.)
Some sick stuff going on out here.
Once all of this information came to the forefront, Go Fund Me suspended the Keaton Jones campaign.
Since the story blew up on the internet, it has imploded there as well.
I should note that since the Jones family has been exposed, Ashawnty’s Go Fund Me has raised over $30,000.