South Korean group BTS have shared a message on Twitter opening up about their experiences with racism and lending their support to #StopAsianHate #StopAAPIHate as hate crimes have been on the rise in the U.S.
“We send our deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones,” the statement said, published both in Korean and English. “We feel grief and anger. We recall moments when we faced discrimination as Asians. We have endured expletives without reason and were mocked for the way we look. We were even asked why Asians spoke in English.”
“We cannot put into words the pain of becoming the subject of hatred and violence for such a reason,” the message continues. “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. What is happening right now cannot be dissociated from our identity as Asians.”
The message comes after hate crimes against Asian communities have increased in the last few months in the U.S. with the most recent incident happening on March 16 in Atlanta, Georgia where eight people were killed in a series of shootings at three spas or massage parlors, six of whom were Asian women.
BTS ends their message of support by saying, “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.”
Read their full statement below.
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