Ok-pop superstars BTS have spoken out in opposition to racism, and shared their very own experiences of discrimination, following a yr of increased racism and violence against Asian American communities across the country, and beyond it.
In a press release posted to their 34 million Twitter followers on Tuesday, the South Korean pop group joined different celebrities and firms who’ve contributed to the #StopAsianHate and #StopAAPIHate hashtags, campaigning in opposition to racism, supporting neighborhood nonprofits serving to these affected, and shining a light-weight on private experiences of racist discrimination.
“We can not put into phrases the ache of changing into the topic of hatred and violence for such a motive. Our personal experiences are inconsequential in comparison with the occasions which have occurred over the previous few weeks. However these experiences have been sufficient to make us really feel powerless and chip away our shallowness,” learn the group’s assertion, printed in each Korean and English.
The assertion follows the March 16 Atlanta shootings wherein eight individuals have been killed, six of whom have been Asian girls and 4 of whom have been of Korean descent. These killed within the assaults have been identified as Quickly Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, and Paul Andre Michels.
“What is going on proper now can’t be dissociated from our identification as Asians,” BTS’ assertion continued. “It required appreciable time for us to debate this fastidiously and we contemplated deeply on how we should always voice our message. However what our voice should convey is evident.”
After sending condolences to those that have misplaced their family members, BTS stated they “really feel grief and anger,” and shared their very own experiences of racist discrimination. “We now have endured expletives with out motive and have been mocked for the way in which we glance,” reads the group’s assertion. “We have been even requested why Asians spoke in English.”
The group concluded their assertion with clear opposition to racism and violence. “We stand in opposition to racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we’ve have the fitting to be revered. We are going to stand collectively.”
BTS additionally spoke out in opposition to racist violence final yr, donating $1 million to Black Lives Matter with their file label, Huge Hit Leisure. In a press release on the time, the group used a few of the similar wording as right this moment’s (which sadly reveals you the way a lot has modified since then).
Here is how you can support the safety of Asian Americans, too.