Victim of one of Mark Wahberg’s racist attacks says he shouldn’t be pardoned

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Mark Wahlberg harassment victim says actor should not be pardoned.

Boston – Victims of one of Mark Wahlberg’s racially motivated attacks as a teenage delinquent in segregated Boston in the 1980s are divided over whether the Oscar-nominated actor should be granted a pardon. As Mark Wahlberg seeks an official pardon for a 1988 attack on two Vietnamese men, victims of an earlier racially motivated attack by a teenaged Wahlberg in 1986 – which got him a civil rights injunction, which the assistant district attorney who issued it said in a recent Boston Globe op-ed amounted to a “stern warning” – have spoken out about whether the actor deserves exoneration. “I don’t think he should get a pardon,” Kristyn Atwood tells the Associated Press. Kristyn Atwood was among a group of mostly black fourth-grade students on a field trip to the beach in 1986 when Wahlberg and his white friends began hurling rocks and shouting racial epithets as they chased them down the street. “I don’t really care who he is.

And for him to want to erase it, I just think it’s wrong.” “I believe in forgiveness,” says Belmonte, who is white. “He was just a young kid – a punk – in the mean streets of Boston. Wahlberg called Lam a “Vietnam f—— s—” and beat him over the head with a 5-foot wooden stick until Lam lost consciousness and the rod broke in two. Judith Beals, a former state prosecutor involved in the cases, said Wahlberg’s crimes stand out because he violated the injunction with an even more violent attack on people of yet another race.

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