The Members of BTS Announce Their Support of the Black Lives Matter Movement
On June 4, BTS joined the growing list of entertainers who are using their platform to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The seven-member group released a statement in Korean and English on their shared Twitter account condemning police brutality and racial injustice.
BTS supports Black Lives Matter
After George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died in police custody in Minnesota on May 25, protests condemning police brutality and racism broke out across the world. Celebrities including John Boyega, Taylor Swift, Halsey, Ariana Grande, J. Cole, Lauren Jauregui, Johnny of NCT 127, Yeri of Red Velvet, Eric Nam, Got7’s Mark, and Chrissy Teigen have protested, donated money, or publicly supported the movement.
On June 4, BTS tweeted a sincere statement in support of Black Lives Matter.
“We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together. #BlackLivesMatter,” the Korean band tweeted.
The members of BTS are donating to the cause
In addition to tweeting a public statement, Korean media reports that the members of BTS are making donations to organizations related to the movement.
“We are in the process of making a donation, although we are still in the process of sending money, and we are still unable to reveal the donor and the amount of money,” Big Hit Entertainment said in a statement.
With BTS’s involvement and dedication to supporting Black Lives Matter, fans around the world are proud of the group.
“BTS spoke out against racism & discrimination, made multiple songs about social injustice, are in partnership with UNICEF for their anti-violence campaign, and have donated/are currently donating to MULTIPLE charities to support blm. stanning BTS really is a privilege,” one fan tweeted.
The group is known for their international platform
The importance of BTS choosing to speak out and donate to Black Lives Matter cannot be understated, as this kind of action is something BTS fans have come to expect. The members have repeatedly donated to causes they care about over the years, and they are partners with UNICEF.
With UNICEF, BTS formed an anti-violence campaign called LOVE MYSELF. In September 2018, RM spoke at the United Nations General Assembly with the support of the BTS members. The speech launched UNICEF’s initiative, Generation Unlimited.
“We have learned to love ourselves, so now I urge you to ‘speak yourself.’ I’d like to ask all of you – What is your name? What excites you and makes your heart beat? Tell me your story. I want to hear your voice and I want to hear your conviction. No matter who you are, where you’re from – your skin color, your gender identity – just speak yourself,” RM said in his speech at the UN.
On June 7, BTS will be commencement speakers for YouTube’s Dear Class of 2020 along with leaders President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Robert M. Gates, Sundar Pichai, Condoleezza Rice, Malala Yousafzai, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, and Beyoncé.