Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui, Common & More Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day

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Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony arrives at the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Nov. 20, 2016 in Los Angeles. 

The 5H singer wrote that Columbus Day "has for generations commemorated the brutal systematic murder, rape, destruction, displacement and enslavement of the Native Peoples of the Americas."

Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui ​celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day with an Instagram post that delved into the significance of the holiday as a replacement for Columbus Day. A limited number of cities celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, although that number has been steadily growing since 2014.

The politically outspoken pop star criticized the colonialist history behind Columbus Day. “#ColumbusDay has for generations commemorated the brutal systematic murder, rape, destruction, displacement and enslavement of the Native Peoples of the Americas,” her Instagram post reads. “Columbus did not discover uninhabited land, he discovered tribes of humans who had been settled here for thousands of years; years of tradition, connection, culture, and ancestry.”

Her postcontinued, touching on the ways that Native Americans have suffered in the wake of colonialism. “Their connection to their spiritual, the earth, and each other was, however, a threat to the Colonial agenda and so they were stripped of their right to their own land by foreign settlers. They were forced to assimilate to their culture, stripped of their right to practice their own religions, and brutally raped and murdered until all control was eventually taken from them.”

The Cuban-American singer related the holiday to the relationship between American nationalism and immigration. “It brings me to today's harsh conversations around immigration and ‘illegal’ human beings and how far from the truth that could be in the collective consciousness of humanity,” she wrote. “How can we possibly deem who can inhabit stolen land? Even more, how can we deem that a human being cannot inhabit the land it was given by the creator? We are all one.”

Jauregui then called for people to learn from history so “we can learn from our mistakes.” She added, “Let us honor the Native Culture today and reflect on how it's teachings have the power to heal humanity of this compassion drought.”

 

Happy #IndigenousPeoplesDay everyone! I know not all of the states have turned this disgusting chapter of our history over BUT that's why the warriors of the rainbow are here❤------ #ColumbusDay has for generations commemorated the brutal systematic murder, rape, destruction, displacement and enslavement of the Native Peoples of the Americas. Columbus did not discover uninhabited land, he discovered tribes of humans who had been settled here for thousands of years; years of tradition, connection, culture, and ancestry. Their connection to their spiritual, the earth, and each other was, however, a threat to the Colonial agenda and so they were stripped of their right to their own land by foreign settlers. They were forced to assimilate to their culture, stripped of their right to practice their own religions, and brutally raped and murdered until all control was eventually taken from them. It brings me to today's harsh conversations around immigration and "illegal" human beings and how far from the truth that could be in the collective consciousness of humanity. How can we possibly deem who can inhabit stolen land? Even more, how can we deem that a human being cannot inhabit the land it was given by the creator? We are all one. The Natives knew this and we all deep down truly know this. We just need to connect with the spirit again. Today's changing of title and so many of us acknowledging why is another step closer to healing the gaping festering wounds of colonialism and imperialism that we are feeling the side effects of at an alarming rate. When we remember the truth of our history, we can learn from our mistakes and manifest a better, peaceful, more loving world around us. Let us honor the Native Culture today and reflect on how it's teachings have the power to heal humanity of this compassion drought.

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But she wasn’t the only star who spoke up. Common tweeted “Wishing everyone a very happy Indigenous Peoples Day today!”

 

Jack White’s label, Third Man Records, tweeted, “Proud that our fair city #Nashville celebrates #IndigenousPeoplesDay.”

 

In a post retweeted by the Black Eyed Peas, Taboo wrote, “@Bep #IndigenousPeoplesDay @QueenYoNasDa-  we stood together at #standingrock and we will continue to be the voices our people #nativepride.”

 

Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas wrote on Instagram, “Happy Indigenous People's Day!!”

 

Happy Indigenous People's Day!!

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LeVar Burton, of Reading Rainbow, Star Trek and Roots fame, tweeted, “Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Y’all…”