BTS is speaking out against the recent surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. On Monday, the South Korean boy band shared a heartfelt message on Twitter written in Korean and English about their own experiences with racism and took a stand against racial discrimination and violence.
BTS, consisting of members Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook, noted that “what is happening right now cannot be unlinked from [their] identity as Asian “, and that they felt” pain and anger “.
“We remember times when we faced discrimination as Asians,” they wrote. “We have endured insults for no reason and they made fun of our appearance. They even asked us why Asians speak English. We cannot put into words the pain of becoming the object of hatred and violence for such a reason.”
“Our own experiences are inconsequential compared to the events that have occurred in recent weeks,” they continued, sending their condolences to those who have lost loved ones. “But these experiences were enough to make us feel powerless and undermine our self-esteem.”
The group that topped the list acknowledged that it took them time to discuss how they would respond to the rise in AAPI hate crimes given their personal experience and identity as Asian.
“We think deeply about how we should express our message,” they wrote. “But what our voice must convey is clear. We oppose racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.”
On Sunday, Megan Thee Stallion also showed her support for the Asian-American community following the devastating shootings at the Atlanta spa earlier this month, in which stars like Rihanna, Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande have spoken out against it. The GRAMMY-winning rapper announced that she is partnering with Fashion Nova Cares and Asian activist May Lee to donate $ 50,000 to Promotion of justice, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization dedicated to AANHPI’s civil rights in Georgia and the Southeast.
“I am heartbroken over the loss of eight individuals separated from their families on March 16 in a senseless and violent attack on Asian Americans,” the rapper wrote on Instagram. “We stand in solidarity with all Asian Americans in saying that enough is enough. #StopAsianHate #StandWithAANHPICommunity. “