Another person has taken a stand against Mark Wahlberg.
One of the victims of Mark’s reported racially charged attack towards a group of African American school children in 1986, Kristyn Atwood, thinks the actor should NOT be pardoned for a hate crime he committed two years later.
When Kristyn was just a young girl in Boston, she was allegedly assaulted by The Gambler star and a few of his friends while on a school field trip. Wahlberg tossed rocks and ugly epithets at the group of kids, an experience which understandably left a negative impression on Atwood.
Kristyn’s history with Mark is the reason why she feels he shouldn’t receive a pardon for attacking a Vietnamese man in 1988.
“I don’t think he should get a pardon. I don’t really care who he is. It doesn’t make him any exception. If you’re a racist, you’re always going to be a racist. And for him to want to erase it I just think it’s wrong.”
Wow. While we definitely think the 43-year-old’s actions were awful, we also believe people can change.
Interestingly enough, Kristyn’s Caucasian teacher, Mary Belmonte, has a different view:
“I believe in forgiveness. He was just a young kid ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ a punk ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ in the mean streets of Boston. He didn’t do it specifically because he was a bad kid. He was just a follower doing what the other kids were doing.”
Considering Mary doesn’t know Mark personally, we’re not sure we can fully support her opinion.
So, does this revelation change YOUR opinion about Wahlberg’s case?
[Image via Bauer Griffin Online.]