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May 31, 2022

BTS Delivers Powerful Message Against Rise of Asian Hate Crimes in U.S.

BTS brings AAPI Heritage Month to a close by joining Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday to share a heartfelt testimony against the devastating rise of Asian-targeted hate crimes in the United States.

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“Hi, we’re BTS. It is a great honor to be invited to the White House today to discuss the important issues of anti-Asian hate crimes, Asian inclusion and diversity,” RM began on behalf of the super group’s powerful message to the world.

“This AAPI Heritage Month, we join the White House to stand with the AAHPI community and to celebrate,” Jin continued, before Jimin added, “We were devastated by the recent surge of hate crimes including Asian-American hate crimes, but to put a stop to this and support the cause, we’d like to take this opportunity to voice ourselves once again.”

J-Hope took an opportunity to thank the superstar group’s devoted fan base, saying, “We are here today thanks to our ARMY, our fans worldwide who have different nationalities and cultures and use different languages. We are truly always grateful.”

Jungkook added, “We still feel surprised that music created by South Korean artists reaches so many people around the world, transcending languages and cultural barriers. We believe music is always an amazing and wonderful unifier of all things.”

Suga continued BTS’s statements by adding, “It’s not wrong to be different, and equality begins when we open up and embrace all of our differences,” before V concluded, “Everyone has their own history. We hope today is one step forward to respecting and understanding each and every one as a valuable person.”

The compilation of hate crime data, published by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism earlier this year, revealed that anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 339 percent in 2021 compared to the year before, with New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and other cities surpassing their record numbers in 2020.

Please visit the AACAP’s website for more resources on how to uplift and support the AAPI community.

  • A Version of this article first appeared on Billboard.com