“Invisible Hate” Tackles Mark Wahlberg’s Dark, Violent and Not-So-Distant Past

The stark contrast to Wahlberg’s public image raises questions about the consequences of his troubled past.

“Invisible Hate” Tackles Mark Wahlberg’s Dark, Violent and Not-So-Distant Past
Co-hosts Saadia Khan and Asad Butt look at the early racist life of superstar celebrity Mark Wahlberg and how he's atoned for his sins.

All across America, thousands of hate crimes are committed every year, but only a small number of them get reported. An even smaller fraction are ever prosecuted. The podcast “Invisible Hate” is here to figure out why.

“Invisible Hate” is a true crime podcast about underreported hate crimes. Cohosted by Saadia Khan (“Immigrantly”) and Asad Butt ("American Muslim Project"), the podcast sheds light on the worst true crimes that are motivated by things like race, religion or sexual orientation and are usually perpetrated against minorities.

Each week, the two hosts share the details of a crime committed in North America along with a debate about how to classify it, as well as little-known facts about hate crimes, a discussion about why these crimes are underreported (and why it matters) and personal anecdotes.

On this week’s episode, Khan and Butt dive into the not-so-distant racist past of superstar actor Mark Wahlberg. In June 1986, a then 15-year-old Wahlberg and his friends threw rocks and yelled racial slurs at three Black kids. The next day, Wahlberg and the others harass the entire class of mostly Black fourth-graders. The narrative takes a darker turn when 16-year-old Wahlberg brutally assaults a Vietnamese man, revealing a disturbing pattern of violence rooted in bigotry.

The hosts detail the legal aftermath of Wahlberg's actions, highlighting the legal consequences he faced for violating the civil rights injunction related to the first case. They discuss the sealing of Wahlberg's records due to his minor status at the time, sparking a conversation about the ethics of concealing the criminal history of a young offender.

This stark contrast to Wahlberg’s public image raises questions about the consequences of his troubled past. Khan and Butt examine the early racist life of Wahlberg and how he's atoned for his sins.

“Invisible Hate” is a collaboration between Rifelion Media and Immigrantly.

New episodes of “Invisible Hate” release every Thursday. Listen to the latest episode, titled “The Racist Past of a Young Mark Wahlberg,” below or catch up wherever you listen to podcasts.