By: Sydney D
Disclaimer: I am in no way supporting the use of racial slurs, racism or hate speech. I completely get behind people having to face consequences as a result of such actions. This is just my personal opinion on the matter.
I would like to talk about Keaton Jones, not really the video or his family's beliefs, but peoples reaction. A few days ago, a video surfaced on Twitter of him crying about his recent experience of being a victim of bullying. The video ended with him asking why people bully, and as expected thousands of people felt their heartstrings pulled (Although I personally found the video distasteful on the Mother’s part).
A short few days later my Twitter timeline changed from #IStandWithKeatonJones to total opposite. Turns out his family own/support the confederate flag and allegedly* Keaton called students of color the N word. To say the least, people were a bit upset. Though I feel like they were upset at the wrong person, or well spread the blame a little too far.
Bullying isn’t okay at all. But neither is demonizing a child for something that is a product of upbring. This is actually a situation of “Well I was brought up that way!” Unlike adults who are mature enough to know right from wrong, children are completely dependant on learning moral actions from the adults around them. And a large portion of that learning comes from their parents.
Obviously at some point children should take responsibility for their actions, especially actions that stem from racism. But Keaton Jones is eleven, not seventeen, at eleven children are pretty much still around their parents 100%. If his parents raised him to believe hatful things, than he will follow that belief until shown better. Something that won’t come until he is around other people from all over, or until he receives a wake up call. Which he may or may not have received now.
However, since he allegedly called other children the N word, he does need to receive consequences for his actions. But I feel like it should come from a teacher or somewhat unbiased individual that can explain why what he did was wrong in a civil manner.
* I used the word “allegedly” because I could find no factual evidence for myself that he called anyone the N word.
As always, thank you for reading! Please leave a comment giving your opinion on the matter; whether agreeing or disagreeing.
A 18-year old who spends most of my time reading and taking photos. Most of what I write here is just things that I personally hope is interesting, important, or at the very least funny.
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