A lot is being spoken about the crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. For a while now, thousands have taken to raise a voice as they stand against them. In the wake of the same, South Korean pop band BTS, has lent its voice to the ‘Stop Asian Hate’ movement as well.
In a heartfelt note on Twitter, the group shared a post on social media raising their voice to stop Asian hate. The posts they shared were posted both, in Korean as well as English. The group sent their condolences to all those who lost the people they loved. In addition, they also expressed grief and anger.
While recalling their own instance, the note said: We have endured expletives without reason and were mocked for the way we look. We were even asked why Asians spoke in English. Among other things, they also mentioned how racism is something that made them feel powerless if nothing. In fact, it also affected their self-esteem. Hence, the BTS members came together to have a united stand.
The note further states: 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.
Here’s BTS’ note on #StopAsianHate:
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) March 30, 2021
As BTS members raised their voice against racial discrimination, they put out a strong message. In fact, many have supported the pop group on social media and joined the movement as well.
Here are some tweets that were in line with BTS’ message to #StopAsianHate:
— fatima⁷ᵏᵗʰ¹₁₁₇ (@gothvnte) March 30, 2021
— namjoon pics 🍃 (@kimnamjoonpics) March 30, 2021
“What our voice must convey is clear…
We all have the right to be respected.
We will stand together.”
— ᴮᴱ Research BTS 🔍⁷ (@ResearchBTS) March 30, 2021
There's 48 countries in asia and each individual person is nothing more than a human just like you. I'm proud of being asian and honestly everyone should be proud of who they are instead of bashing others for simply coming from a different place.#StopAsianHate #StopAAPIHate pic.twitter.com/mSbozV9Hhw
— lov charles dickens but mostly his last name (@softykpop_) March 30, 2021
Skin color, language, nationality these are shouldn’t be reason for hate, at the end of the day we all are human and that’s the most important thing #StopAsianHate #StopAAPIHate #StopAsianHateCrimes pic.twitter.com/3Hu2IvqFrh
— hibae⁷ (@hibae_tae) March 30, 2021
It was on March 16, when 8 people were killed in a series of shootings. Of the people killed at three Atlanta spas/massage parlors, six were Asian women. crimes against Asians have increased by 150% in 2020 alone, as was revealed in a report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. In such times, voices coming together to stop such crimes is crucial.