Asian discrimination and violence has become a hot topic not only in the United States but globally, as more and more media attention has moved toward senseless hate crimes committed against Asians, something that has been growing in number in COVID-19 era United States. To continue spreading the importance of the #StopAsianHate movement, theQoos has collected some of the most motivating quotes coming from the K-Pop idol community in response to both the Atlanta shooting and Asian discrimination and hate crimes in general.

Stone Entertainment

Eric Nam

“A submission to and eventual complicity with racism normalized a dynamic that should not exist. To grow up believing we needed to be okay with racism in order to have a seat at the table is not okay. To internalize racism at such a young age, in retrospect, warped my sense of normality.”

JYP Entertainment

GOT7

“The recent wave of violent acts toward the Asian American community and all people of color is heartbreaking to see. We are all human beings who deserve to live without fearing that the color of our skin challenges our safety in America. This racist hatred and violence has to end.”

— Mark Tuan

“Hate needs to stop now. Be kind to one another. Let’s make the world a better place.”

— Bambam

“As an Asian myself, what has been happening is truly heartbreaking. Hatred and racism of any kind is not acceptable. I truly believe no one is born hating. Those who have hated must have learned to hate. If anyone can learn to hate then they can learn to love.”

— Jackson Wang

Label SJ

Super Junior’s Choi Siwon

“I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I would like to use my platform and emphasize this is an issue that needs to be addressed NOW and that ignoring it won’t help us. I know this one post won’t solve the problem, but I hope to help raise awareness on hate crimes against all.”

Big Hit Music

BTS

“We cannot put into words the pain of becoming the subject of hatred and violence for such a reason. Our own experiences are inconsequential compared to the events that have occurred over the past few weeks. But these experiences were enough to make us feel powerless and chip away our self-esteem. What is happening right now cannot be dissociated from our identity as Asians. […] We stand against racial discrimination. We codemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.”

Very Cherry

CL

“We need to stand together. Stop Asian hate.”

ZB

AleXa

“Growing up as a half-Korean so to say, I’ve always had this voice in the back of my mind that says, ‘Do I have the right to be offended by Asian racism?’ But growing up where I did, I was always seen as Asian, and I always faced Asian racisms, so at the end of the day, while I’m only half, that other half is still Korean, and I’ve been affected by racism and have been offended by it. Seeing the community currently going through this[…] sparks a lot of emotion within me. And I would really like to try to speak on these matters and let it be known that we won’t be silenced.”

Cube Entertainment

BTOB’s Peniel

“There was a tragic event in America, in Atlanta, so I just want to say that [BTOB’s] hearts and prayers are out for the families affected by that. Stop Asian hate.”