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BTS Talk Inclusion, Equality & Ending Anti-Asian Hate Crimes at the White House

BTS has stopped by the White House to call for inclusion, diversity and an end to anti-Asian hate crimes.

Jungkook, V, Jimin, Suga, Jin, RM and J-Hope all took to the stage to read from prepared statements in Korean, which were then read in English by a translator:

“Today is the last day of the AANHPI (Asian American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) Heritage Month,” Jin’s message began.

“We join the White House to stand with the AANHPI community and to celebrate.”

Jimin followed up by calling out hate crimes against the Asian community: “We were devastated by the recent surge of hate crimes, including Asian-American hate crimes. To put a stop on this and support the cause, we’d like to take this opportunity to voice ourselves once again.”

The mic was then passed to J-Hope whose words translated to: “We are here today thanks to our Army, our fans worldwide, who have different nationalities and cultures and use different languages. We are truly and always grateful.”

Jungkook added: “We still feel surprised that music created by South Korean artists reaches so many people around the world, transcending languages and cultural barriers. We believe music is always an amazing unifier of all things.”

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Suga highlighted that “It’s not wrong to be different. Equality begins when we open up and embrace all of our differences.”

V then took to the podium: “Everyone has their own history. We hope today is one step forward to respecting and understanding each and every one as a valuable person.”

And finally RM thanked President Biden and the White House for the opportunity to speak “about the important causes and remind ourselves of what we can do as artists.” The group will also meet with the President privately.

Last year, BTS powerfully denounced anti-Asian violence in the US in a statement which read: “We stand against racial discrimination. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.”

(Feature Image Credit: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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