• BTS shared their deepest condolences following the Atlanta shooting
  • They recalled how the band faced discrimination as Asians
  • They also reflected on "pain of becoming the subject of hatred and violence"

South Korean boy band BTS took to Twitter on Monday night to condemn the hate crimes against Asians and to reflect on the discrimination they have faced.

"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," BTS noted in the statement that was shared in Korean and English. "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 what is happening right now cannot be dissociated from our identity as Asians," BTS revealed. "It required considerable time for us to discuss this carefully and we contemplated deeply on how we should voice our message."

"But what our voice must convey is clear. We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together," they concluded.

They captioned the statement with #StopAsianHate and #StopAAPIHate hashtags.

The BTS fans took note of the statement and lent their support in the comments. One of the fans wrote, "We can use our power as army and do good with it. Just imagine if every army would post something against Asian hate crimes. Let‘s use our voices! Let‘s show how strong we are and what good we can do!!! #StopAsianHate."

Another fan translated the statement to Urdu and Arabic to spread the word:

While many other fans appreciated BTS for using their voices against the hate, a couple of people shared their own experiences.

“Thank you for raising your voice.....we will always support you and help create the awareness about this......It sometimes feel like Asian hate has become common...,” another user tweeted. “But we have to stop this and make the haters realize that we all share the same earth and we all are humans.”

On the work front, BTS announced on March 25 their new Japanese album will be released soon and revealed a new music track, "Film Out," will be out on April 2.

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