Over the last week we’ve seen a lot of people, brands and public bodies posting about racial injustice. And many of them have been reminded of their past actions by the hilariously brutal “this you?” meme format.
The latest person to be reminded of past action which don’t appear to coincide with their current statements is actor Mark Wahlberg. He posted on Instagram:
The murder of George Floyd is heartbreaking. We must all work together to fix this problem. I'm praying for all of us. God bless.#blacklivesmatter.
But people were quick to point out his history of hate crimes, which include throwing rocks at black children while yelling racist slurs. Wahlberg has apologised over the years for his racist attacks on people of colour, but didn't mention them in his latest post.
Wahlberg and two of his friends were issued a civil rights injunction over a 1986 incident in which they threw rocks at a group of 10 and 11-year-old black children while yelling slurs said to include "kill the n****rs". Two years later, he had an attempted murder charge downgraded after his attack on two Vietnamese men that included him calling one of them a "Vietnam f**king shit". He only ended up serving 45 days for the crime.
Other social media users are criticising the actor for not addressing his past mistakes in the post.
It seems that Wahlberg has turned over a new leaf, but it's obviously disappointing that he didn't take this opportunity to acknowledge his own history of violence towards people of colour.