Amid the current global Black Lives Matter protests, K-pop fans have been rallying support online, commandeering hashtags to drown out racist trolls and even blocking their favourite acts from trending online so as not to distract from the demonstrations.
Fans of South Korean boyband BTS (otherwise known as the BTS Army) have gone even further, raising $1 million for organisations fighting for racial equality after vowing to #MatchAMillion.
Last week, K-pop fans took over the hashtag #whitelivesmatter, posting continually to block white-supremacist or racist users from using the hashtag to further their agenda.
우리는 인종차별에 반대합니다.
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
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) June 4, 2020
If you are looking for ways to help the Black Lives Matter cause, head here for petitions to sign, organisations to donate to and to find reading materials. Also consider purchasing music from this list of black artists and non-black artists donating sales money to relevant causes.