South Korean boy group BTS penned an emotional message condemning the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
As crimes against Asians continue to rise, K-Pop group BTS joined the Stop Asian Hate movement in solidarity with these communities
“We send our deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones,” BTS said in a statement.
Having experienced discrimination themselves in the past for the way they look, BTS said they feel both grief and anger over these instances.
“We feel grief and anger. We recall moments when we faced discrimination as Asians. We have endured expletives without reason and were mocked for the way we look. We were even asked why Asians spoke in English.”
Last March 16, a series of shootings occurred in three spas in Atlanta, Georgia which killed at least eight people — six of whom were Asian women.
The latest victim of Asian hate is a 62-year-old Filipino-American woman who suffered injuries after getting attacked by a man on a street in Manhattan, New York. Police said she got punched by the face while Anti-Asian statements were thrown at her.
But the series of discriminatory incidents BTS personally experienced made a mark among the members of the K-Pop group, making them feel “powerless” along the way.
“We cannot put into words the pain of becoming the subject of hatred and violence for such a reason,” BTS remarked in its statement.
“Our own experiences are inconsequential compared to the events that have occurred over the past few weeks. But these experiences were enough to make us feel powerless and chip away our self-esteem. What is happening right now cannot be dissociated from our identity as Asians,” BTS added.
Calling on the Asian communities to unite, BTS concluded by saying: “But what our voice must convey is clear. We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.”
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Comprised of members RM, Jin, SUGA, J-hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook, BTS debuted under Big Hit Entertainment back in 2013.
Since then, the septet has caught the attention of fans across different parts of the globe and broke one record after the other on various platforms including the Billboard charts.
Among BTS’ hits are “Dynamite,” “Boy with Luv,” “MIC DROP,” “ON,” “Blood Sweat & Tears,” and “Black Swan.”