Over the past week, protests and demonstrations regarding police brutality and racial injustice were held in multiple cities worldwide, following the death of George Floyd.
Many people are voicing out their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, including some notable K-pop artists such as:
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
BTS is one of the K-pop acts that are using their very large influence to show support on the #BlackLivesMatter movement. In a tweet posted on their official SNS accounts on Thursday, it said that they are against racial discrimination and violence, as well as everyone have the right to be respected.
Those are short, but very big words.
같은 빛 받아도 다른 빛깔, 색에는 없지 책임.
— ATEEZ(에이티즈) (@ATEEZofficial) June 4, 2020
K-pop group ATEEZ is also speaking up against racism, with a short statement saying “we stand in solidarity with those who have given their lives for the right to be heard.”
— 몬스타엑스_MONSTA X (@OfficialMonstaX) June 4, 2020
MONSTA X also joined the call for equality, racial justice and dignity, with a tweet on June 4th showing support as well to the Black Lives Matter movement.
— Day6 Jae (@Jae_Day6) May 31, 2020
On a tweet last May 31st, DAY6‘s member Jae has shown a photo of donation amounting to $1000 for a cause that supports the #BlackLivesMatter movement in Minnesota, where George Floyd was killed by the police. He shared a website on where people should donate in order to help support the said cause.
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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
Hip-hop artist Jay Park also shared a lengthy message on his Instagram, sharing how the black culture had inspired him as the musician he is today. He also said that he’s already sick of the same shit happening over and over again.
While not shown on the particular Instagram post, Jay Park has also donated $10,000 to the cause.
Epik High’s Tablo
Text “Floyd” to 55156 to demand justice.
— 에픽하이 타블로 | Tablo of Epik High (@blobyblo) May 29, 2020
While it may sound short, Epik High‘s Tablo has encouraged their fans thru a tweet to demand justice for George Floyd.
Korean R&B singer Crush has also voiced out his support for racial discrimination, saying that many artists and people around the world have got their inspiration from the black culture, including himself.
— ᴅᴘʀ ʟɪᴠᴇ (@_DPRLIVE) May 31, 2020
DPR Live also shared his thoughts regarding how the black people now needs global support, both in Korean and English, saying that the black community needs more awareness from all people, encouraging everyone to be educated and spread the message if they can.
Korean hip-hop label H1GHR Music has also shown their support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement, collectively donating $21,000 to the cause.
H1GHR MUSIC supports the 'BLACK LIVES MATTER' movement for the justice of George Floyd and the many other victims of state-sanctioned violence. As a result, H1GHR MUSIC and our artists have collectively donated $21,000 to BLACK LIVES MATTER Organization. #BLACKLIVESMATTER pic.twitter.com/ZnVOdSlX9i
— H1GHR MUSIC (@H1GHRMUSIC) June 1, 2020
These are only some of the Korean / K-pop acts that are voicing out their support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
At HallyuLife, we also condemn and stand against racial discrimination and injustice. We will stand together and commit ourselves against racism at all cost.