Keke Palmer Pleads With National Guardsmen To 'March With Us' At Protest
By Hayden Brooks
June 3, 2020
Keke Palmer's activism has gone viral, courtesy of a video posted by NBC News correspondent Gadi Schwartz.
In the clip, the actress is seen at a protest talking with members of the National Guard to convince them to march with her and other protestors in Los Angeles. "You have to pay attention to what’s going on. We have a president that’s trying to incite a race war. When the borders are closed, we can’t leave," the Hustlers star, 26, says passionately in the footage. "We have people in here who need your help. This is when y’all stand together with the community, with society, to stop the governmental oppression. Period. We need you."
“March with us. March beside us. Get your people. March beside us. Let the revolution be televised. March beside us, and show us that you’re here for us. Let’s just do it. We start marching and you march with us," she continues in the clip. "Make history with us, please!"
With applause from the neighboring crowd, Palmer seemingly becomes successful in her plead, but one Guardsmen says he can only march so far as he needs to maintain position in order to protect the local businesses. "It ain't enough for me," Palmer replies. Immediately afterward, an off-camera protester asks the Guardsmen if they can take a knee (Colin Kaepernick-style) and the soldiers do so.
Speaking with Good Morning America, Palmer said that she just wanted to unite human beings above all. "It was so important, I want to just bring as much awareness as we all can to the injustices that are going on in America, being there with everyone, we were all just so inspired and empowered, I think, is the word," she explained to host Robin Roberts.
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