Since the George Floyd murder, many celebrities have spoken out on social media about their views and support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Once of those who spoke out was Oscar nominated actor and former rapper Mark Wahlberg.
Wahlberg, best known for his leading role in such Hollywood blockbusters as The Departed, Ted, the Transformers franchise and as rapper, Marky Mark in the early 90’s. What is lesser known is his history of hate crimes against African Americans and Asian Americans.
In 1986, 15 year old Wahlberg and three friends chased after three black children. Someone in Wahlberg’s group reportedly said “We don’t like black n****rs in the area, so get the fuck away from the area”. They then chased after the black children yelling “kill the n****r, kill the n****r” and throwing rocks at them.
The following day, Wahlberg and friends followed a group of mostly black 4th graders that included some of the kids from the previous day. While the group was on a field trip at the beach, Wahlberg and friends summoned other white kids to yell racist things at the group and throw rocks at them. The victims, black and white said that they “feared that they group would “harm their persons as they attend school, walk on the streets and enjoy public beaches.”
Two years later in 1988, while high on PCP, Mark Wahlberg attacked two Vietnamese men. Wahlberg attacked Vietnamese American, Thanh Lam by calling him a “Vietnam fucking shit” and knocked him unconscious with a 5ft wooden stick.
After the first attack, Wahlberg approached Vietnamese American man, Army veteran Johnny Trinh. He asked Trinh to help him hide from the police who were looking for him. Once the police car passed he punched Trinh in the eye. Wahlberg thought he had blinded Trinh but Trinh had already lost his vision in the Vietnam War while serving the South Vietnamese Army, fighting alongside American troops.
Johnny Trinh pictured by MailOnline.com in 2014
Wahlberg was arrested for the attacks and when taken back to the scene of the assault, he told police officers “I’ll tell you now that’s the mother fucker whose head I split open” He is reported to have also made racial comments to investigators about “gooks and slant eyed gooks”.
The 1988 attacks happened two months before his 18th birthday and was charged as an adult. Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder and pleased guilty to felony assault. He was given 2 years but only served 45 days of his sentence.
In 2014, Wahlberg applied for a pardon with the Governor of Massachusetts for the racial assaults. Though the reason for the pardon wasn’t entirely because he regrets his past actions but to help expand his chain of Wahlburger restaurants. In the appeal, Wahlberg states, “my prior record can potentially be the basis to deny me a concessionaire’s license (to serve beer and alcohol) in California and elsewhere. An important consideration given my personal involvement in various restaurant ventures.” He believed if pardoned “I could not be denied a concessionaire’s license on the basis of my prior record”
What do you think? Do you think a man with a history of racist attacks can turn a new leaf or once a racist, always a racist?