BTS & Its ‘Army’ Donates Over $2 Million To Black Lives Matter



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.

Over the weekend, it was revealed that BTS and their label, Big Hit Entertainment, had donated $1 million to Black Lives Matter following the death of George Floyd. The band’s fans then decided to match that donation, and actually, they exceeded it.

Charitable fan collective One In An ARMY shared a directory of organizations to which fans could donate, and fans could give to specific organizations or split donations across Black Lives Matter, Reclaim The Block, National Bail Out, Black Visions Collective, NAACP Legal Defense And Educational Fund, and others. One In An ARMY notes it only took about 26 hours from the time the initiative was first publicized to reach $1 million in total donations.

A spokesperson said in response to the goal being met:

“We truly didn’t know whether the goal would be reached. We’re so proud that ARMY have once again channeled their power for good and are making a real impact in the fight against anti-black racism. […] We’re happy to help ARMY organize and support the Black Lives Matter movement. 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 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 George Floyd deaths  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.
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