It’s being reported that the father of Keaton Jones, that bullied boy whose video won America’s heart last weekend, is a white supremacist with a history of racism on social media. Keaton Jones’ dad appears to be Shawn White, a member of the Aryan Circle, a prison gang identified by the FBI as an “organized white supremacist group.”
Keaton Jones went viral over the weekend after his mother posted a heart-wrenching video where the boy explained the bullying he endures at school on a daily basis because of his facial features.
The video was shared by many celebrities, but then questions arose after one celeb explained that the mom had greedily asked for money to be donated to a GoFundMe page. More questions came up after internet detectives explored her social media, only to discover that she and her family had posed with confederate flags in the past.
She explained to ABC’s Good Morning America that the photos were supposed to be “ironic and funny and extreme.”
“I feel like anybody who wants to take the time to ask anybody who I am or even troll through some other pictures, I mean, I feel like we’re not racist,” she said.
She added: “I am genuinely truly sorry. If I could take it back, I would.”
Well, various outlets are now reporting that Shawn White is Keaton Jones’ dad. Estranged, it’s unclear what (if any) relationship White has with Keaton. He last posted a pic with Keaton and his sister in January 2015.
One reason for the absence could be because White has been in jail since May 2015 on a probation violation related to a 2012 aggravated assault conviction.
In one photo found on his social media, White can be seen posing with four fingers extended and his ring finger bent, a gesture identified by the Anti-Defamation League as an Aryan Circle hand sign. In another photo, White can be seen posing next to a man with a swastika tattoo. Two of White’s own tattoos read “Pure Breed” and “White Pride.”
In another social media image, he is wearing a Nazi “SS” jumper. Facebook posts include memes and sayings such as “Holy fuck, I love being white,” and “Keep calm and be White Pride.”
“In other news Keaton Jones’ father is a white supremacist doing time so I bet you all feel super good about giving that family money now,” tweeted Twitter user Jamie Sugiyama.
While obviously White’s status as a white supremacist, neo-Nazi has nothing to do with the bullying Keaton Jones has endured at school, it does give us more clarity into who his mother is. Maybe those confederate flag pics weren’t meant to be “ironic” or “funny” at all.
Keaton Jones’ dad is scheduled to get out of jail in 2018.