BTS are the latest musical act to speak out against Anti-Asian hate.
Following increasing cases of racial discrimination in the West, including the killing of six Asian women after a series of racially-motivated attacks around Atlanta earlier this month, the global pop group has published a statement on the matter stating, "We stand against discrimination, we condemn violence. You, I, and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together."
MUSICIANS SPEAK OUT AND UNITE TOGETHER TO #STOPASIANHATE
Posted via their personal Twitter account today (30/03), BTS sent out a message of support to those who have been affected by the recent incidents in both Korean and English.
"We send our deepest condolences to those who their loved ones. We feel grief and anger... What is happening right now cannot be dissociated from our identity as Asians. It required considerable time for us to discuss this carefully and we contemplated deeply on how we should voice our message," said BTS.
#StopAsianHate#StopAAPIHate pic.twitter.com/mOmttkOpOt— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) March 30, 2021
In their statement, the group also briefly recalled moments of racism they have faced in the past. "We have endured expletives without reason and were mocked for the way we look. We were even asked why Asians spoke in English," the group shared.
Earlier this year, BTS were the subject of racist comments made by Bayern 3 presenter Mattias Matuschik, who irreverently compared the group to the COVID-19 pandemic. This also follows a recent case where the group were illustrated bruised by collectible company Topps for their latest card collection.
Amidst these incidents, BTS, alongside ARMY (fans of BTS), have continuously reminded the online community that racism is not an opinion and that discrimination and xenophobia should not be tolerated.
To donate to the #StopAsianHate fund, click here.
To report anti-Asian violence and hate in America, you may reach out to the Asian American Justice Center and Stop AAPI Hate.