In a new statement posted on social media, members of the K-pop group BTS condemned the rise in anti-Asian violence and said that they’ve occasionally been made to feel “powerless” in the face of racial slurs.
“We stand against racial discrimination,” the wildly popular Korean band said in the statement, which was shared on the group’s Twitter page. “We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.”
BTS’ remarks come two weeks after a gunman killed eight people at three Georgia spas. Six of the victims were women of Asian descent, including four Koreans. Advocates are pushing the Justice Department to pursue hate crime charges in the shootings.