BTS made a special appearance at the White House press briefing to share a few words about the Asian Crimes ahead of their historic meeting with the US president Joe Biden.
On May 31st (local time), the final day of AANHPI (Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) Heritage Month, BTS members were brought on to the stage to speak against racial discrimination and hate crimes towards Asians.
The first to grab the mic was RM. “Thank you, Karine, for your kind words. Hi, we’re BTS, and it is a great honor to be invited to the White House today to discuss the important issues of anti-Asian hate crimes, Asian inclusion, and diversity,” the leader said in English. Jin continued in Korean, “Today is the last day of AANHPI Heritage Month. We’re here at the White House today to stand together with the AANHPI community and to commemorate the occasion.”
Jimin also expressed concern about the recent surge in hate crimes against Asians. Jungkook followed to make the remark, “I still find it amazing that music made by Korean artists can reach so many different people around the world. I think music is a truly great medium that brings us all together.”
Suga stressed, “Just because something is different doesn’t mean that it’s wrong. I think that equality begins when we embrace the differences instead of thinking of them in terms of right and wrong.” V chimed in, “I hope today can be another step towards respecting one another and acknowledging that each and every one of us is a valuable person.”
Finally, RM wrapped up the speech, “Lastly, we thank President Biden and the White House for giving us this important opportunity to speak about important causes and remind ourselves of what we can do as artists. Once again, thank you very much.”
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