Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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By Scott T. Sterling

(RADIO.COM) – Fifth Harmony star Lauren Jauregui has come out in support of Indigenous Peoples Day, a counter-celebration/replacement for Columbus Day.

The singer posted a lengthy explanation as to why she feels a change to the October 9th holiday is overdue.

“#ColombusDay has for generations commemorated the brutal systematic murder, rape, destruction, displacement and enslavement of the Native Peoples of the Americas,” the singer wrote on Instagram. “Colombus 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.”

“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,” Jauregui said towards the end of her lengthy post. “When we remember the truth of our history, we can learn from our mistakes and manifest a better, peaceful, more loving world around us.”

See the post below:

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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Jauregui and Fifth Harmony is set to perform at 99.7 NOW’s ‘Poptopia’ concert at the SAP Center in San Jose on Saturday, December 2nd.

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