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. But almost immediately after the 11-year-old attracted the attention of A-listers across the country, he fell from grace after it was discovered that several family members had allegedly made racist comments on social media. Most recently, the Tennessee boy’s estranged father, Shawn White, has reportedly been revealed as a convicted felon with ties to white supremacy.
According to TMZ, Shawn has been in prison since May 2015 after violating his parole for a 2012 aggravated assault conviction. The site shares that photos from his Facebook page posted before his imprisonment allegedly show him wearing an “SS” shirt — which is a reference to the Nazi party. He also reportedly sports multiple tattoos with white supremacist language: one across his chest reads “Pure Breed,” another on his neck is the abbreviation “CWB” for the Crazy White Boy gang, and “White Pride” is splayed across his stomach. It hasn’t been confirmed how close Shawn is with his son, but Keaton shares his mother’s last name. Besides his tattoos, Shawn’s Facebook is said to be filled with memes and pictures related to Aryan beliefs. In one photo, Shawn and his friends are seen holding up signs affiliated with the Aryan Circle, a white supremacist prison gang.
This discovery comes shortly after Keaton’s mother Kimberly came under fire for posting pictures with the Confederate flag. In a statement to People magazine, she insisted she isn’t a racist. “The only two photos — the only two photos on my entire planet that I am anywhere near a Confederate flag. It was ironic,” she said. “I’ve said I spent most of my life being bullied and judged because I wasn’t racist.” She claimed the posts were supposed to be “ironic and funny.”
Kimberly opened up to Access Hollywood about the backlash she’s faced. “I mean, you know, yesterday, he was a hero. Yesterday, the world loved us. Today, the world hates us,” she said. “And I’m trying to think that I was trying not to get caught up in the positives. We’re not going to get caught up in the negatives.”
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