K-pop group BTS donated $1 million to Black Lives Matter, prompting its fans to match the donation by Sunday night.
"We Stand against racial discrimination,” BTS wrote in a tweet last week. “We Condemn violence, You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together. #BlackLivesMatter.”
우리는 인종차별에 반대합니다.— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) June 4, 2020
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
Kailee Scales, the managing director for Black Lives Matter, responded to the donation in a statement to Variety.
"Black people all over the world are in pain at this moment from the trauma of centuries of oppression," Scales said. "We are moved by the generosity of BTS and allies all over the world who stand in solidarity in the fight for Black lives."
The hashtag #MatchAMillion began after reports of the music group’s donation to Black Lives Matter surfaced Saturday.
Within the first 24 hours of the hashtag, fans raised $817,000, according to a release from fan group One In An ARMY. The $1 million goal was officially reached on Sunday evening, and as of Monday evening, $1.3 million was raised.
"Black Lives Matter isn't something that has a time limit," a spokesperson for One In An ARMY said in the posted release. "It's a belief that everyone needs to carry in their everyday lives... We stand in solidarity with Black ARMY. They're an important part of our family. And we stand with Black people everywhere. Your voices deserve to be heard."
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for about nine minutes as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe. His May 25 death sparked protests over police brutality and treatment of minority populations across the country.
Derek Chauvin, the officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck, was charged with second-degree murder, while the other three officers present at Floyd’s detainment were charged with aiding and abetting in murder. All four officers were fired from the department.