Jun 3, 2020

    Keke Palmer Is Being Praised For This Video Of Her Confronting The National Guard At A Black Lives Matter Protest

    "March beside us and show us that you're here for us. Make history with us, please."

    Over the last few days, many celebrities have taken to the streets to join protests against police brutality and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd, who was killed in police custody.

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    Among the protesters on Tuesday was Hustlers actor Keke Palmer, who has spoken out on social media in the days since Floyd's death.

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    And in a video posted to Twitter by NBC reporter Gadi Schwartz from a protest in LA, Keke can be seen confronting members of the National Guard and asking them to march with the protesters.

    In the video, Keke pleaded with the National Guard to protect the crowds following President Donald Trump's statement that he may use the military in an attempt to bring order.

    Twitter: @GadiNBC

    "You have the president talking about the Second Amendment as a use for people to come out here and use firearms against the people that are protesting," she said. "This is the messages that we're seeing. You have to pay attention to what's going on."

    (Note: Trump did not call for people to use the Second Amendment to use firearms against people who are protesting. He did, however, say he would make use of federal resources to protect people's Second Amendment rights, which some interpreted as a strange choice given he did not mention people's First Amendment right to protest. One prominent gun control activist even said this amounted to a call for violence from his base.)

    She also pointed out that while cities including Los Angeles have instituted a curfew, there have been reports of protesters finding themselves blocked into areas by law enforcement and unable to leave.

    just got home after a peaceful protest. so much passion & love, people passed out water/snacks, smiling and chanting. the police cornered us in a walled up parking lot, blocked off ALL the streets w tear gas so we couldn’t get out. the crowd had to knock down a fence to escape

    "You have people out here that need your help," Keke told the soldiers. "This is when y'all stand together with the community, with society, to stop the governmental oppression. Period. We need you."

    Twitter: @GadiNBC

    She went on: "March beside us. You get your people. You march beside us. Let the revolution be televised. March beside us and show us that you're here for us."

    "Make history with us, please," she pleaded.

    While the soldiers said they couldn't move from their station, they did agree to take a knee alongside protesters — though, through cheers from the crowd, Keke can be heard saying: "I don't know. That ain't enough for me."

    Many people praised Keke for using her voice and attempting to keep the peace and also pointed out all the work she's done to bring awareness to police brutality in the past.

    Let's go @KekePalmer 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 https://t.co/6KLHfzyb0G

    .@KekePalmer has been doing this work. In July 2016, she mobilized her social media followers and brought 200+ people together at a soul food restaurant in Harlem to talk about police violence and black activism. They talked until 2 a.m. https://t.co/r254nSMnED

    This video focuses on the protestor and her effective de-escalation of the police. Remember that. She is the one doing the de-escalation. Focus on the protestors in these moments. They're the ones doing all the peace work here. https://t.co/I2j9a9n88J

    In a video posted to Instagram on Monday, Keke said she was feeling a sense of "comfort" and "a sliver of vindication" watching the actions of protesters.

    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

    Contact Ellie Bate at eleanor.bate@buzzfeed.com.

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