A few days ago a video of a 10-year old boy hit social media. In the video the child, who was clearly shaken by being bullied at school, tried to express how being bullied made him feel, and the pain it caused him. The 10-year old boy explained in-between sobs, how he was bullied simply for being different from everyone else.
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Keaton’s video was received with compassion from every corner of the Internet almost immediately. The video went viral. Even stars were quickly lining up to throw support behind the child. Keaton’s mom “allegedly” opened a GoFundMe account that quickly jumped up above $50,000. Little Keaton was a “feel good” story that everyone could get behind. Bullying is wrong. Nobody should be bullied, especially for a reason as ridiculous as simply “being different.” That would’ve been a great end to the story, and a great lesson that everyone could learn….taught to us by a 10-year old child. BUT, this is 2017. In 2017, the world won’t allow us to have nice things. Shortly after celebrities began reaching out to Keaton’s mother, questions about her sincerity and motivation behind a GoFundMe account arose. Not too long after that, the mother’s Facebook page was discovered. The page was discovered to have some post that could be taken as racist on it. Along with pictures of mother and friends displaying Confederate flags. One post from Keaton’s mom page read:
“Dear butt hurt Americans,
If you aren’t bleeding, no bones are sticking out & you can breathe, STOP crying! For the love, some folks clearly never picked a switch. And before ya’ll start talking to me about metaphorical, emotional, financial, or historical blood & brokeness, DON’T join a group.”
Mama’s message and stance seems to clearly contradict that of her bullied son. You have to wonder what she would’ve told a child that had been bullied if it wasn’t her son. Mother’s post and pictures on her page made some people wondered if Keaton was bullied, or just put in his place for doing something like……….calling a black person the N-word. Some celebrities took back their offers to do this & that for the bullied child, and some celebrities stood by their initial offers. Social media, in general is all over the place on the subject. Some blame the mother, some blame the child, some blame the “bullies.” Throughout all of the wondering, guessing, and “think-pieces” on the subject, one thing is crystal clear….everyone has an opinion on this topic. What’s yours?