Keke Palmer urged members of the National Guard to “stand with the neighborhood” throughout a protest in Hollywood on Tuesday over the killing of George Floyd.
In a video posted on Twitter by NBC Information correspondent Gadi Schwartz, the 26-year-old actress delivered an impassioned plea to the group of armed Guardsmen on a crowded road.
“The borders are closed. We will’t go away. We have now individuals right here that want your assist,” she says. “That is when y’all stand along with the neighborhood, with society, to cease the governmental oppression. Interval. We want you, so march with us.”
The “Akeelah and the Bee” star continues: “March with us. March beside us. Get your individuals. March beside us. Let the revolution be televised. March beside us and present us that you just’re right here for us. Let’s simply do it. We begin marching and also you march with us. Make historical past with us, please!”
One Guardsman then extends his hand, however Palmer says: “No, no, no — let’s simply do it. We begin marching, and also you march with us. Please.”
The soldier explains that he can’t go away his publish however provides “to march by means of this road with you guys” to the subsequent intersection.
“March with us, it is going to ship an enormous message,” the “Hustlers” star asks him. “You’re the protector. … For those who’re supposed to be patrolling us, then stroll with us.”
He explains that he should stay within the space as “patrol” for companies, prompting Palmer to say, “I’m at a loss.”
The footage ends with the Guardsmen agreeing to take a knee on the urging of one other protester — however Palmer is heard saying the gesture is “not sufficient.”