As protests against systematic racism and police brutality continue around the nation and expand to cities around the globe, BTS have been an active voice in their support of the Black Lives Matter movement. This week, the K-pop stars and their management team, Big Hit Entertainment, have also shown their solidarity by donating $1 million to Black Lives Matter.
우리는 인종차별에 반대합니다.
우리는 폭력에 반대합니다.
나, 당신, 우리 모두는 존중받을 권리가 있습니다. 함께 하겠습니다.
We stand against racial discrimination.
We condemn violence.
You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.#BlackLivesMatter
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) June 4, 2020
In a Tweet earlier this week, the South Korean group declared, “We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together. #BlackLivesMatter.”
Founded in 2013, Black Lives Matter is a global network that aims to counter acts of violence against the Black community, and bring justice, healing and freedom to Black people in the US, UK, Canada and beyond. “Black people all over the world are in pain at this moment from the trauma of centuries of oppression,” said Kailee Scales, managing director for Black Lives Matter, in a statement to Variety. “We are moved by the generosity of BTS and allies all over the world who stand in solidarity in the fight for Black lives.”
In other BTS news, the group will take part in YouTube’s Dear Class Of 2020 virtual graduation ceremony, beginning today at noon PST. Joining President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, BTS will be among an impressive line-up of artists, thought leaders, politicians and tastemakers.
From the music community, speeches will be made by the likes of Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Demi Lovato and Finneas. Viewers can also look forward to words from Malala Yousafzai, Kerry Washington, Andy Cohen, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Kevin Durant and Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, among many others.
In addition to speaking at the ceremony, BTS will also host a virtual afterparty, along with Doja Cat, CNCO and Megan Thee Stallion.