South Korean boyband BTS released a statement on Tuesday condemning the recent surge in anti-Asian violence and shared their experiences of the racism they faced.
“We send our deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. We feel sorrow and anger,” the group said in the statement.
The statement highlighted times when they “were discriminated against as Asians” including “swearing for no reason and making fun of our appearance” and asked “why Asians speak English. “.
They said that “the group’s own experiences are irrelevant” to recent events but that the racism was “enough to make us feel powerless and undermine our self-esteem.”
“What is happening now cannot be separated from our identity as Asians. It has taken a long time for us to discuss it carefully and we have thought deeply about how we should express our message,” they added. .
The group concluded by saying, “We are against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected.”
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The whole statement reads like “We send our deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. We feel grief and anger.
We remember times when we were discriminated against as Asians. We endured cursing for no reason and made fun of our appearance. We were even asked why Asians speak English.
We cannot put words to the pain of becoming the subject of hate and violence for such a reason. Our own experiences are irrelevant to the events that have taken place over the past few weeks. But these experiences were enough to make us feel helpless and shake our self-esteem.
What is happening today cannot be separated from our identity as Asians. It took a long time for us to discuss it carefully and we thought about how we should express our message.
But what our voice should convey is clear.
We are against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, me and we all have the right to be respected. We will stay together. “
BTS, which has members namely Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook, has grown into a global phenomenon and has billions of fans across the globe.