Daily US Times: Superstar K-pop band BTS have matched a $1m (£787,000) donation by the group to the Black Lives Matter movement.
US-based Black Lives Matter campaigns against systemic racism and violence towards black people.
It has organised rallies in the US to protest over the killing of George Floyd, an African-American man, by a white police officer on 25 May in Minneapolis.
The death has sparked an international outcry and global protests against racism against black people. Four police officers have been sacked and one charged with murder. Protesters across the US demanded reform of police departments.
According to the Yonhap news agency and Variety, the had donated $1m to the Black Lives Matter movement. Bit Hit Entertainment, which manages BTS, announced this on Saturday.
Once word got out BTS fans, who call themselves the ARMY, started to trend the hashtag #MatchAMillion on Twitter, to raise the same amount again.
Within the first 24 hours, the collection had passed $817,000. One In An Army – the fan collective that spearheaded the donation drive – said in a press release.
The press release said: “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.”
BTS’s social media following is known for its activism and devotion and had already organised online protests in support of Black Lives Matter.
K-pop fans took over the hashtag #whitelivesmatter last week, posting en masse to drown out white-supremacist or racist posts using the hashtag.
The South Korean pop group with seven members, has been a hugely successful crossover act with huge fans all over the world.
BTS suspended their Map of the Soul world tour in April because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Several musicians and celebrities have made donations to Black Lives Matters and other causes since the death of George Floyd.
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