Keke Palmer challenges National Guard to march with L.A. protesters: 'Protect us'

Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES -- Keke Palmer is being hailed as a hero after a recent video of the actress inviting the National Guard to march with protesters in Hollywood went viral.

In the video, tweeted Tuesday by NBC News correspondent Gadi Schwartz, Palmer can be seen passionately urging National Guardsmen to leave their post and join the peaceful protest demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other black victims of racial violence.

"Once 'the looting starts, the shooting starts?'" Palmer says, quoting a controversial tweet from President Trump that has been flagged for "glorifying violence" by Twitter. "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 we're seeing.

"I don't know if you on social media, because the news don't tell you everything, but you have to pay attention to what's going on. ... We have a president that's trying to incite a race war. And when the borders are closed, we can't leave. You have people in here that need your help. This is when you and y'all stand together with the community, with society, to stop ... the governmental oppression. Period. We need you."

When one guardsman says he agrees with Palmer, the "Hustlers" star calls for action.

"So then march with us. March beside us," she says. "Let the revolution be televised. March beside us, and show us that you're here for us. Make history with us, please. ... Come on. Be the change. Do it. Do it, please. Do it, please. We are good people. March with us."


As "March with us!" chants echo through the crowd, one guardsman standing face-to-face with Palmer says, "I'll make you a deal."

"I can't leave this post. I will march through this street with you guys," he says. "I will march from this intersection to that intersection, but I have to patrol this area."

"Patrol?" Palmer repeats. "What is there to patrol, man? March with us. It would send a huge message. ... Protect us. Y'all, march with us. March around like we just did. Do that march with us, y'all. Stand beside us."

The guardsman then reiterates his duty to "hold this intersection," but Palmer stands her ground.


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