Ever since the #BlackLivesMatter movement against racial discrimination and injustice have started, more and more celebrities in the Korean entertainment scene have shown their support for it.
People started advocating for the #BlackLivesMatter movement again this May 2020, when George Floyd, a black man, died while being detained by the police.
A video showing Derek Chauvin, a white, Minneapolis police officer, kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, has sparked outrage and protests worldwide.
Some K-Pop stars who have recently spoken up about it are worldwide stars BTS who posted about their support in Twitter…
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
…and Seattle-born Jay Park who also donated $10,000 to Black Lives Matter and posted his honest thoughts about the movement on Instagram.
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Sick of making post’s like this and sick of the same shit happening over and over again. Me being inspired by black culture aside me having black homies aside just as a man and a human being.. to think how helpless he felt and how inhumane he was treated… to think what if that was my dad, or uncle or homie makes me sick to my stomach. Countless INNOCENT UNARMED ppl losing their lives and nobody taking responsibility or being held accountable. Ppl who are supposed to protect and keep the public safe don’t even have the common sense or compassion to know if they are killing somebody innocent? Police Departments and Ppl in position of power not doing anything to provoke change.. all of it makes me sick… the whole system is corrupt… and nobody wants to admit it cause they are all afraid of taking responsibility for countless years of unjust inhumane treatment. Cant even begin fathom how fed up the black community is with so many years of abuse. I Pray to God the truth prevails and i Pray to God ppl who have compassion and empathy are put into a place of power and authority and ppl who abuse their power for their own greed and ego and to feel superior all disappear. Same for the civilians abusing their privilege calling the police and LYING. Act like some Fuckin human beings and may God have mercy on ur souls. #RIPGEORGEFLOYD
Additionally, GOT7’s Mark also supported the cause by donating $7,000 to the Official George Floyd Memorial fund and encouraging his fans to hopefully show their support, too.
— Mark Tuan (@mtuan93) May 31, 2020
And just recently, another K-Pop group chose to stand up and declare their support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement: MONSTA X who posted their official stand on their Twitter account.
— 몬스타엑스_MONSTA X (@OfficialMonstaX) June 4, 2020
Fans of the group couldn’t help but show their appreciation of MONSTA X’s efforts to show their support for a movement that fights against racism and inequality.
— Eshy Gazit (@eshygazit) June 4, 2020
BTS AND MONSTAX SPOKE OUT!!!
— 𝚂𝚒𝚘𝚋𝚎 • 🐋 (@BTSiobe0t7) June 4, 2020
— #TOGETHERBAND (@thetogetherband) June 4, 2020
If you’re interested in also showing your support to this cause, you can check out the post below for more information:
Daily reminder to take some time and help in any way you can to demand equality. No justice, no peace!
— BTS Charts (@btschartdata) May 31, 2020