South Korea based boy band BTS made a donation of $1 million to ongoing protests against racial discrimination dubbed Black Lives Matter (BLM). The news was announced by the music label managing the band Big Hit Entertainment.
The widely known band of seven members had last week posted on Twitter under the hashtag Backlivesmatter expressing their stand against violence and racial discrimination of any kind further expressing their solidarity to ongoing demonstrations in the United States and world over emanating from murder of George Floyd.
“We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together,” tweeted BTS.
Mr. Floyd died on May 25 after an officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee on his neck for nine minutes during an arrest. This action resulting to his death, sparked a global outrage against racism and how American police treat minority groups in the United States.
The tweet from the pop band went viral among its fans leading to emergence of additional hashtag MatchAMillion.
The new hashtag encouraged the band’s fan base known as ARMY standing for Adorable Representative MC for Youth to donate which eventually raised another $1 million towards the Black Lives Matter movement.