BTS to Discuss Anti-Asian Hate at The White House

BTS to Discuss Anti-Asian Hate at The White House


BTS will be in Washington, DC, on May 31st for a special purpose.

In a news release on May 26th, the White House announced that BTS will meet with President Joe Biden to discuss the rise of anti-Asian discrimination in the United States.

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Anti-Asian hate crimes have skyrocketed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stop AAPI Hate’s National Report found that over 6600 incidents were reported from March 19th, 2020, to March 31st, 2021. And in January 2022, the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism announced that anti-Asian hate crimes had increased 339% from the previous year.

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In May 2021, President Biden signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law. The Act will increase awareness of anti-Asian discrimination and help make reporting, identifying, and investigating hate crimes easier.

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BTS have previously spoken out against racism. On March 29, 2021, they tweeted:

“We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.”

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BTS and President Biden will also talk about Asian representation and “BTS’ platform as youth ambassadors who spread a message of hope and positivity across the world.”

We wish them the best of luck with their meeting!

Author: Sophia

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