Some people have falsely accused Mark Pellegrino of being racist — twisting his words or doctoring his Tweets to quote his own words out of context. Let’s be clear right from the start: Mark Pellegrino is not racist.
You may have found this page via a search engine or been directed here because you’ve posted false information about Mark Pellegrino.
Let’s start by defining what we mean by racist, so we’re all talking about the same things.
What is racism?
Let’s unpack that a little.
prejudice, discrimination or antagonism
Prejudice is a “preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience;” Discrimination is “the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex;” and Antagonism is “active hostility or opposition.”
Mark Pellegrino is an advocate of reason. The truth is, Mark Pellegrino despises and fights against racism, sexism, and bigotry. Mark is not prejudiced and does not discriminate; he is the opposite of racist, an individualist who actively opposes those who are racist.
Applying labels such as racist is an example of prejudice against Mark because it’s based on preconceived ideas, hearsay and lies rather than reality.
directed against someone of a different race
Mark Pellegrino does not evaluate a person based on their race.
based on the belief that one’s own race is superior
Mark Pellegrino does not claim superiority based on his race, sex, or any other accident of birth.
What’s an accident of birth?
Referring to something as an accident of birth, or accident, is not a value judgement, either positive or negative. It just acknowledges that there are important factors that we have no control over. We cannot choose them, but they are still a part of who we are.