In a very recent Instagram post, Kehlani had a few words to share about Columbus Day.
While are going to be celebrating the day with their family, enjoying a meal or just having the day off, Kehlani decided to speak out. She posted a picture painted by Ernesto Yerena of Indigenous elder that said “We the resilient have been here before.”
When you celebrate Christopher Columbus you are celebrating rape, torture, the robbery of land and culture. You are celebrating pain, encouraging abuse and abusers.. saying it’s ok to take what isn’t yours, and destroy in the process. CELEBRATE TODAY BY TELLING THE TRUTH. When entering any land, any space or even any practice, you must honor what & who came before you. If you are indigenous take some time to learn… to fully understand your right to land, medicine, connection & being. Know that the ancient ways of your people were & are so strong that people felt they had to separate you from it. Our power lies in connecting again, in reclaiming, in taking back our rites of passage & practice of healing. Happy to be in Los Angeles for this historical time, and remember.. NO ONE IS ILLEGAL ON STOLEN LAND. Give thanks! 🙏🏼✨ #indigenouspeoplesday art by @ernestoyerena
She went on to post a lengthy caption along with the post that explained why exactly Columbus day. Citing the fact that it’s a day that celebrates “rape, torture, robbery of land and culture.” Kehlani herself is part native as well. In her post, she tells her fans to take time to learn the history behind the day and tells her other Indigenous people to fully understand their rights to their land.
“CELEBRATE TODAY BY TELLING THE TRUTH.”
A movement to abolish the national holiday has gained momentum in recent years, with many opponents calling Columbus Day a painful reminder of the suffering and death initiated by Columbus’ voyage to what came to be known as the Americas. There’s been a push to replace the holiday with Indigenous Peoples Day, which celebrates and honors the victims of colonialism rather than the oppressors and tyrants.