K-Pop group BTS met with US President Joe Biden at the White House on Tuesday, May 31 (US time) to discuss anti-Asian hate crimes and Asian representation.
A clip of President Biden's discussion with BTS was uploaded on his Instagram page.
"This is an important month here in America. A lot of our Asian-American friends have been subject to real discrimination. Hate only hides when good people talk about it and say how bad it is, it goes down. So thank you," President Biden told the group in the video.
BTS member RM expressed his gratitude for the actions that the president has done to protect the Asian community.
"We want to say thank you sincerely for your decision such as signing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law so we just want to be a little help and we truly appreciate the White House and the government trying to find solutions," RM said.
President Biden then highlighted the impact of BTS in spreading the word about inclusion and equality.
"People care a lot about what you say and what you're doing is good for all people. It's not just your great talent, it's the message you're communicating. It matters," he remarked.
The group also had a press briefing at the White House prior to meeting President Biden. Each member of the group delivered a message during the press briefing.
It was on May 26 when the White House announced that the group will be visiting to have a discussion with President Biden.
BTS has been vocal about condemning anti-Asian racism. In March 2021, the boy group took to social media to denounce the surge in violence against Asians in America.
With the hashtags #StopAsianHate and #StopAAPIHate, the K-Pop group said in a statement last year: "We cannot put into words the pain of becoming the subject of hatred and violence for such a reason. 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."