Supergroup BTS is breaking their silence surrounding the drastic rise in violence against Asain-Americans in the United States by sharing their own experiences with racism over the years.
The boy band posted a statement on social media, both in Korean and English, which they started by offering their “deepest condolences” to the family’s who were affected by the deadly Atlanta massage parlor shootings.
See Their Statement…Below.
“We feel grief and anger,” they wrote, describing details of their own experience with racism.
“We have endured expletives without reason and were mocked for the way we look. We were even asked why Asians spoke in English,” they said. Adding, “We cannot put into words the pain of becoming a subject of hatred and violence for such a reason.”
They continued,“Our own experiences are inconsequential compared to the events that have occurred over the past few weeks.”
In the statement, the group explained it took them some time to carefully craft their deeply important comments on the matter.
“But these experiences were enough to make us feel powerless and chip away at our self-esteem. What is happening right now cannot be disassociated from our identity as Asian. It required considerable time for us to discuss this carefully and we contemplated deeply on how we should voice our message.”
They continued, “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.”
The supergroup had the same sentiment in their previous statements about the BLM movement, saying, “We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.”
As we reported, other famous Asian stars including Ken Jeong have used their voices and followings to condemn racism and the attacks on the community. The ‘Masked Singer’ judge donated $50,000 to the families of the shooting victims in Atlanta. Plus, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Sandra Oh recently spoke to a crowd gather in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to ‘Stop Asian Hate.’
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) March 30, 2021