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Basyukta Basuprava

Ever since the pandemic hit the world, there has reportedly been a massive surge in anti-Asian violence and discrimination. With the recent events of the reported shooting of Asian American women in Atlanta leaving the world in shock, people across the world are joining the Stop Asian Hate movement. In the light of these events, South Korean boy band BTS has shared a letter condemning the violence towards the AAPI community (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) as well as racism faced by Asians in general.

In the powerful and emotional note shared by the pop group in both English and Korean, the global band recalled instances when they were mocked at and discriminated against as Asians. The statement read, “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.”

BTS members Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, Jungkook, and Jin united in a singular voice to share how these instances pained them and chipped away their self-esteem. The letter continued, “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. What is happening right now cannot be dissociated from our identity as Asians.”

Ending the note, Bangtan shared that they stand against the violence and support the movement after taking a considerable amount of time to decide how exactly they should address the series of events.

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