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BTS Is Heading To The White House To Meet US President Joe Biden And Discuss Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

Salva Mubarak
Senior Features Writer

K-Pop supergroup BTS has added another achievement to their already miles-long list of achievements. The seven-member band will be heading to the United States to meet with President Joe Biden at the White House on May 31, to discuss anti-Asian hate crimes in the country.

An official statement from the White House said, “President Biden has previously spoken about his commitment to combating the surge of anti-Asian hate crimes and signed into law the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act in May 2021 to provide law enforcement with resources to identify, investigate, and report hate crimes and ensure that hate crimes information is more accessible to AA and NHPI communities. President Biden and BTS will also discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion and BTS’ platform as youth ambassadors who spread a message of hope and positivity across the world.”

Later, the group’s leader RM, or Kim Namjoon, took to their parent company’s social media platform WeVerse to confirm the news, writing “We’re able to go (to the US) thanks to you all, so this is also your thing. Please support us a lot.”

Ever since their debut, back in 2013, the band has always been unafraid to talk about social and political issues through their music, whether it’s the growing economic disparity in South Korean society or the general sense of complacency against actual societal evil. They have also partnered with UNICEF to launch the ‘Love Myself’ campaign to promote acceptance and inclusivity in youth and used their platform to address subjects such as racism and anti-Asian hate crimes in the past.

BTS is also preparing for their comeback with their anthology album Proof, set to release on June 10.