BTS condemn anti-Asian violence as group say they have been victims of racist abuse in the past
Written by Hitmix News on 30 March 2021
K-pop group BTS has condemned anti-Asian violence across the US, after a number of attacks across the country.
The Korean boyband, which is one of the biggest music acts in the world, said on social media that they sent their condolences to “those who have lost their loved ones”.
BTS did not mention a specific incident, however six Asian women were among eight people killed at an attack on massage parlours in Georgia earlier this month.
Despite police refusing to say the attack was racially motivated, many have partially blamed the violence on the rhetoric surrounding the origins of COVID-19.
The group added in their statement that they have experienced racism, and been criticised and mocked for the way they look.
They said: “We send our 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.
“We cannot put into words the pain of becoming the subject 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.”
BTS also said that “what is happening right now cannot be dissociated from our identity as Asians”, adding they had taken “considerable time” and “contemplated deeply” on their response.
“But what our voice must convey is clear,” the band said.
“We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.”
Their statement has been retweeted more than 850,000 times since it was released, with the band joining stars like Rhianna, Lee Isaac Chung and Olivia Munn in condemning the violence.