Keaton Jones went viral after his mother posted a video of her teary son saying that he was being bullied. However, the story of an upset middle school kid was quickly overshadowed by his mother’s racist Facebook posts.
Jones, in particular, posed with Confederate flags, along with other members of her family, but she insists that didn’t make her a racist; it simply made her Southern.
“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,” Jones told ABC News. “I mean, people that know us, know that.”
ABC’s T.J. Holmes added, “The mother, again, her defense, she says, ‘Hey, we’re in the South. This is Tennessee. There are Confederate flags all over the place.’”
As for the post itself, Jones said, “It was meant to be ironic and funny and extreme. I am genuinely, truly sorry. If I could take it back, I would.”
“If they want to hate me and whatever that’s fine, but still talk to your kids,” Jones added. “Because [bullying] is an epidemic.”