New Delhi: Condemning the wave of anti-Asian violence sweeping in the US recently, popular K-pop group BTS issued a statement sharing their own experiences of facing racism.
The statement which was shared in both Korean and English on BTS’ official social media accounts on Tuesday (March 30) doesn’t mention any specific event. But it comes after the March 16 shootings outside Atlanta, in which a gunman visited 3 Asian massage parlors and killed 8 people, including 6 Asian women.
Beginning with the band offering their ‘deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones’ the group was mindful not to make themselves the focus of the statement. Highlighting the moments of their life when they faced ‘discrimination as Asians’, the band recalled how they endured ‘expletives without reason and were mocked for the way we look and were ‘asked why Asians spoke in English’.
Stressing on the fact that the band’s ‘own experiences are inconsequential’, the statement read that compared to recent events the racism was ‘enough to make us feel powerless and chip away our self-esteem’.
The world-renowned group emphasised, ‘what is happening right now cannot be dissociated from our identity as Asians’. The statement by the group ended with affirming that ‘we stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected’.
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) March 30, 2021
Soon after the world famous band released their statement, netizens began trending hashtags like #StopAsianHate and #StopAAPIHate on Twitter. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a horrifying rise in cases of anti-Asian violence. As hate crimes like pushing and spraying with Lysol against Asian people continue to rise, community organizations are working around the clock to advance the health and well-being of the Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
Earlier, in the year 2020, the band extending their support to the Black Lives Matter protests against racism and police brutality in the US had donated $1 million to groups associated with Black Lives Matter, with further millions raised by the band’s loyal global fanbase.