Keke Palmer praised for urging the National Guard to march with protesters in viral video
3 June 2020, 12:12 | Updated: 3 June 2020, 17:32
"Let the revolution be televised. March beside us and show us that you’re here for us."
Keke Palmer took to the streets of Los Angeles yesterday (June 2) to march alongside protesters in the name of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter.
In a video that has since gone viral, Keke stops to address the National Guard, who had been deployed on the streets to help maintain order following some looting and vandalism that overshadowed the peaceful protests currently going on in the city.
Keke speaks directly to a few officers and asks them to march alongside her and a group of protesters. Her clear, precise and passionate comments have been widely praised on social media.
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The footage was captured by NBC News correspondent Gadi Schwartz. The original video now has 13.4 million views. Watch the full video below.
Watch all of this. pic.twitter.com/YHq0QhXrnw— Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBC) June 2, 2020
Read Keke's speech in full: “You have a president saying, ‘Once the looting starts, the shooting starts’. You have a president talking about the second amendment as a use for people to come out here and use firearms against the people that are protesting.
This is the messages that we’re seeing… I don’t know if you’re on social media because the news don’t tell you everything. But you have to pay attention to what’s going on or else we have a president that’s trying to incite a race war.
And when the borders are closed. We can’t leave. We have people here that need your help. This is when y’all stand together with the community, with society, to stop the governmental oppression. Period. We need you, so march with us.
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. Make history with us please! We’ll start marching and you march with us. Please.”
KEKE PALMER HAS ALWAYS BEEN THAT WOMAN.— amer | BLM (@LLCGRANDE) June 3, 2020
SHE WILL CONTINUE TO BE THAT WOMAN.
SHE WILL USE HER PLATFORM ENDLESSLY TO SPREAD A MESSAGE ABOUT WHAT’S WRONG IN THE WORLD TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
KEKE PALMER IS AN ICON. pic.twitter.com/61XrdZhbz0
The officer offers to make Keke a deal, saying “Because I can’t leave this post, I will march through this street with you guys. From this intersection to that intersection but I have to patrol this area.”
Keke didn't think the compromise was enough. Off screen, another protester asks the guard to take a knee with them, while Keke can be heard in the background saying, “That ain’t enough for me.”
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Keke has been praised for her powerful speech, and her comments regarding the National Guard taking a knee. Amid the protests, some law enforcement have been criticised for being performative when kneeling with protesters. Many agreed with Keke’s sentiment, and have also expressed how important her message is.
KEKE Palmer talking to the national guard? That’s HISTORY— Drebae💎 (@Drebae_) June 3, 2020
“that’s not enough for me” is facts💀 they should’ve marched https://t.co/Ia8TvhNJAH
That’s freaking @KekePalmer y’all. In the streets. Talking directly to them. Using her voice.— Camrus Johnson (@CamrusJ) June 3, 2020
Be a leader like Keke Palmer.
Use your voice.
We all have one. https://t.co/whuxPv7Xlz
THIS IS MY FRIEND AND— MAX (@MAXMusic) June 3, 2020
SHE HAS BEEN SOMEONE IVE LOVED, RESPECTED, AND ADMIRED
SINCE WE DID RAGS TOGETHER
SHE IS INSPIRATIONAL
SHE SPEAKS TRUTH
SHE DEMANDS MORE FROM THOSE WHO ARE MEANT TO PROTECT US
AMPLIFY STRONG BLACK VOICES RIGHT NOW pic.twitter.com/AMkHaj6p2b
Keke palmer wasn't having none of that fake performative copraganda and you shouldn't either pic.twitter.com/XLMI3EURAs— meI (@jisoominari) June 2, 2020
Keke Palmer on streets bridging the divide between the community and the National Guard.— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) June 2, 2020
How many people she kept safe from being brutalized 😭
This is a LEADER
WHAT A HERO!pic.twitter.com/DgWL5317eY
“That ain’t enough for me” really sums up exactly how I’ve been feeling with the majority of this alleged allyship.— ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ (@callmedollar) June 3, 2020
Protect Keke Palmer at all costs.