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Celebrities Came Together To Support Bullied Keaton Jones But His Mother’s Views Are Casting A Shadow

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Keaton Jones captured the hearts of millions of people over the weekend. The middle schooler from Knoxville, Tennessee, went viral after a video of him brought more attention to bullying in American schools. His heartbreaking, tearful account of the bullying he was facing at school prompted several celebrities to reach out to the boy, offering him support as well as free concert tickets and dates to multiple red carpet movie premieres. The video, originally posted to Facebook by his mother Kimberly Jones, is still making the rounds on social media as more people share the young boy’s story.

Keaton Jones from Tennessee has a message for all the bullies out there.

“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What’s the point of it?” Keaton pleads to the camera. “Why do they find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them?”

Keaton’s story of being bullied triggered a huge amount of support and love.

He claims he is subject to constant bullying in the form of physical attacks, like having milk poured on him and ham shoved down his clothes.

Some people have let Keaton know that he will be a stronger person after it is all over.

They also have some strong words for those bullies attacking Keaton, calling them ignorant and insecure.

Eva Longoria Baston has been open about her own experience with bullying. When she was younger, Longoria Baston says she was often referred to as the ugly duckling and she believed it to be true. According to an old interview, she describes being the only dark-haired and dark-eyed member of her family. Her sisters all had light hair and light eyes, and she relied on her personality to make it through their teasing.

Chart-topper Cardi B even offered to show up and fight his bullies.

Well, damn…

But, it didn’t take long for Keaton’s mom Kimberly to be outed for her political and social views.

Keaton’s mother has since made her Facebook page private after social media users started to share her photos and statuses that exposed a racist undertone. Among the images captured before she shut down her Facebook was an image of her opposing NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. Another image shows children holding a Confederate flag, a Bible, and a handgun.

One user verified the post Kimberly wrote telling people to stop crying if their pain was not physical.

All of the attention from the video led to people commenting on some of her posts. The “Dear butt hurt Americans” post became a major point for people telling Kimberly to look at her own statements if she is going to come out against bullying.

And yet another social media user found proof of Kimberly admitting that the Confederate flag was just laying around her house.

“My favorite thing about it is that all of the ‘supplies’ were readily available for our impromptu photoshoot. #welcometothedirty,” Kimberly wrote about the photo.

Some even began to question whether Kimberly is capitalizing off her son’s trauma to make money.

MMA boxer Joe Schilling describes a conversation he had with Kimberly that lead him to believe that she’s using her son to get more money donated to the GoFundMe account she set up.

When Schilling sent her a message on Facebook to call her out, Kimberly showed her true colors.

Ugh.

The new evidence has caused a discussion about the importance of transparency and practicing what you preach.

Woah.

Well…


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Texas Police Officers Are Prowling Highways For Undocumented People To Report To Immigration Officials

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Texas Police Officers Are Prowling Highways For Undocumented People To Report To Immigration Officials

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Texas State Troopers have created a deportation pipeline along the border.

According to The Intercept, Texas State Troopers are engaging in what they are calling a “deportation pipeline.” The tactic used by law enforcement officials is simple: they stop drivers for minor to non-existent traffic violations, question everyone in the vehicle, and call immigration officials to detain anyone who is undocumented or suspected to be undocumented. Other times, troopers stop pedestrians and pressure them about their immigration status so they can be detained, according to video obtained by The Intercept.

Reporter Debbie Nathan teamed up with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas to figure out what is happening with the undocumented population in Texas. Nathan was able to obtain dash cam footage of several traffic stops and arrests that ended in people being handed over to immigration officials. Videos show police officers pulling over cars and questioning passengers about their immigration status, despite no crime having been committed that warrants interrogation or questioning. This didn’t happen overnight. The Intercept reports that the system under which the current Texas law enforcement operates has been in the making for a few years.

The Intercept reports that this system of Texas state troopers acting with immigration enforcement has its roots in 9/11. The Department of Homeland Security was established in 2002 and by 2006 then-governor Rick Perry gave law enforcement on the border and the state’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) large amounts of money. The report shows that the Texas legislature began to fund law officials strictly for border security to the tune of $110 million from 2008-2009. For 2018-2019, $800 million will pour into these departments to up their border security agenda.

You can read the full story from The Intercept here.

(H/T: The Intercept)


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