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K-pop group BTS supports Black Lives Matter with $1 million donation

Along with Big Hit Entertainment, BTS has donated $1 million to Black Lives Matter. The K-pop group and the entertainment company have yet to comment on their donation to the international human rights movement that campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards African-American people.

“Black people all over the world are in pain at this moment from the trauma of centuries of oppression,” Black Lives Matter managing director Kailee Scales told Variety. “We are moved by the generosity of BTS and allies all over the world who stand in solidarity in the fight for Black lives.”

On February 26, 2012, African-American teen Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in The Retreat at Twin Lakes community in Sanford, Florida, United States. Represented by Mark M. O’Mara, Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder but was acquitted on July 13, 2013.

With the acquittal of Zimmerman, Black Lives Matter was born through the initiatives of Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. In 2014, the movement became nationally recognized for street demonstrations protesting the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

On May 25, 2020, African-American security guard George Floyd died after being violently arrested by former Minneapolis Police Department officers Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, Thomas Kiernan Lane and J Alexander Kueng. This reignited the Black Lives Matter movement with protests and looting incidents across the U.S. while the country has yet to win its battle against the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

 

Big Hit Entertainment formed BTS in 2013 with a debut single titled “2 Cool 4 Skool.” The seven members of the group are Kim Seok Jin, 26, Min Yoon Gi, 26, Jung Ho Seok, 25, Kim Nam Joon, 24, Park Ji Min, 23, Kim Tae Hyung, 23, and Jeon Jung Kook, 21, whose respective stage names are Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook.

On October 18, 2019, BTS released a special remix of “Make It Right” featuring singer, songwriter and producer Ari Staprans Leff, 25, who is professionally known as Lauv. On October 29, 2019, the collaboration song ranked number 76 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the week ending November 2, 2019.

RM, Suga and J-Hope co-wrote “Make It Right” with Ed Sheeran, Fred Gibson, Benjy Gibson and Jo Hill. The original version was digitally released on April 12, 2019 as part of BTS’s sixth extended play “Map of the Soul: Persona.”

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