The BTS fan-based charity fundraising group “One In An ARMY” has launched a campaign to raise funds in support of the Black Lives Matter movement after the K-pop group donated $1 million.
BTS’s music label Big Hit Entertainment confirmed the group’s donation to the Black Lives Matter campaign organization to CNN.
“We Stand against racial discrimination. We Condemn violence, You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together. #BlackLivesMatter.,” the group wrote in a tweet last week.
Their donation comes as protests over the death of George Floyd continue in the United States and around the world.
Floyd, 46, died while in police custody after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest.
Chauvin and three other officers have been arrested in connection to the incident.
Kailee Scales, managing director for Black Lives Matter, responded to the BTS donation in a statement to Variety on Sunday.
“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.”
CNN has reached out to Black Lives Matter for additional comment.
#MatchAMillion began after the reports of BTS’s $1 million donations came out on Saturday.
In the first 24 hours of the #MatchAMillion movement, the total raised by the fan group exceeded $817,000, according to a press release from One In An ARMY posted on their official Twitter account.
Shortly after on Sunday evening, the ARMY fundraiser updated via Twitter that they have reached their $1 million goal.
The additional $1 million was donated to “Bailouts for those arrested for protesting police brutality,” “black-led advocacy organizations fighting against systemic injustice” and “support for the physical and mental health of the black community,” the statement said.
Last week BTS fans used their power on social media to take over #WhiteoutWednesday, which began trending as a response to #BlackLivesMatter and #BlackoutTuesday.
Those who love BTS posted memes and videos of their favorite groups to try to drown out anti-black hashtags.