South Korean K-pop music group BTS called on Tuesday (March 30th) to seek an end to anti-Asian racism and said they had been subjected to racist harassment, which made them feel weak and hurt their self-esteem.
BTS, the first K-pop group to receive a Grammy Award nomination, made the appeal in a statement posted on Twitter with the hashtags #StopAsianHate and #StopAAPIHate.
Referring to the armed conflict in Atlanta, Georgia, where six of the eight victims were Asian, on March 16, the group wrote: “We send our deepest condolences to those who lost their loved ones.”
The footage sparked fear among Asia-American Pacific Islanders who reported an increase in hate crimes since March 2020, when then President Donald Trump began calling Covid-19 the “Chinese virus.”
The seven-member BTS, which was number three on the Billboard Hot 100 last year, also said they suffered racist harassment, including putting up with swearing, being ridiculed for their appearance, and being asked why Asians speak English.
“Our own experiences are insignificant compared to events that have occurred in the last few weeks,” the statement said. Said. “But these experiences were enough to make us feel powerless and destroy our self-esteem.”
“What is happening right now cannot be separated from our Asian identity,” BTS wrote. The group also said it condemned the violence and opposed racial discrimination.
Last year, BTS donated US $ 1 million to Black Lives Matter (BLM) to support U.S. protests against police brutality, encouraging their fan base to raise enough money to fund that donation in just 25 hours. – Reuters