With the rise in Asian Hate Crimes worldwide, many Asian and AAPI communities are banding together to raise their voice against racism and these hate crimes.
Many K-Pop artists have also joined in and shared their message in hopes of dissipating hate directed at Asians. GOT7 members Mark, JB, and Jackon, as well as f(x)'s Amber, posted the message against the Asian hate crimes while Eric Nam talked with CNN sharing his deep thoughts about the growing issue of racism and hate crimes against Asian-Americans.
Likewise, BTS also shared their thoughts and raised their voice against the growing issue. On March 29, the boy group posted on social media a lengthy letter on racism and the recent tragedy in which eight people - of six who are Asian women - lost their lives to a heinous hate crime that targeted three spas in the Atlanta area.
BTS wrote, "We send out deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. 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."
They continued, "We cannot put into words the pain of becoming the subjects of hatred and violence for such a reason. 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. It required considerable time just to discuss this carefully, and we contemplated deeply on how we should voice our message."
They finally concluded their statement by clearly declaring their stance against racial discrimination. They stated, "We condemn violence. You, I, and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together."
Since the statement was released, millions of fans retweeted the message and expressed their support for the group's declaration. The message was also shared on various online communities where Korean netizens were able to react to BTS's message on racial discrimination.
Netizens commented, "I'm so thankful that such an influential artist wrote this message," "I hope the Asians who are overseas feel comforted by this," "I can't help but feel so supported after the boy group that is influential all over the world raised their voice as well," "They're so awesome," and "This probably wasn't easy but thank you for raising your voice."