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BTS arrives at White House, delivers powerful message against Asian targeted hate crimes

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“Similarity begins when we open up and embrace all our differences”

bts The fight continues resolutely for change in the real world, and this time, it is against the hate crimes being committed against Asians. Korean boy bands joined White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday to deliver a heartfelt and powerful speech against rising Asian-targeted hate crimes in the United States. It was a perfect finale as AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) Heritage Month came to an end.

what bts said

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BTS leader RM (Kim Namjoon) introduced the band. He spoke of the honor of being invited to the White House to discuss such an important issue. In addition to Asian hate crimes, they also need to value Asian inclusion and diversity. Jin continued by saying that he is joining the White House to stand with the AAHPI community and celebrate with them. Then came Jimin, who said he was devastated by hate crimes directed at Asian-Americans and was voicing himself to end it.

Then there was J-Hope who made sure to thank his fanbase, better known as ARMY. He talked about ARMY of different nationalities, cultures and speaking in different languages. Jungkook took the mic further and said that he was still surprised that music made by South Korean artists has reached so many people. He said that BTS considers music to be the connecting link of all things.

Then it was Suga’s turn. He said that being different was not wrong, and equality begins when we open up and embrace all of our differences. Wei concluded, saying that everyone has their own history, and they hope that everyone will move forward by respecting and understanding each other.

crime data

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Data provided by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism showed that there was a 339 percent increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in 2021 compared to 2020. Special mention should be made to BTS for using its influence so efficiently, and hopefully the crime rate will drop.

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