Keke Palmer’s Powerful Speech to the National Guard at Los Angeles Protest
On Tuesday, “Singled Out” host Keke Palmer urged members of the National Guard to “be the change” during a protest in Los Angeles.
In a video posted by NBC correspondent Gadi Schwartz, Palmer asked the National Guard to march with people to fight against racial injustice and police brutality.
Referencing President Trump's recent comments, in which he threatened to deploy the military to handle the protests, Keke said, "You have to pay attention to what's going on or else we have a president that's trying to incite a race war."
“The borders are closed. We can't leave. We have people here that need your help," she went on. "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!"
In response to Palmer's impassioned speech, one guardsman said that he had to stay as “patrol” for businesses nearby. She commented, “I'm at a loss.”
While taking a knee, the guardsman explained, “I absolutely support your guys' right to protest. I absolutely support that, but we need to stay here because this is where all of our supplies are.”
Earlier this week, Palmer weighed in on the nationwide protests on Instagram. She said, “At 26, I'm looking out and witnessing a physical revolt — and it's a revolt on a scale that I wasn't sure I'd ever see."
“To those that may not be looking close enough, all they will see is looting, or people who don't really care about the movement, or anarchy without a movement. But what I see is a society responding to the oppressor about how the oppressor has responded to us. I see no respect for the establishment because the establishment hasn't shown respect to the people," she commented. "Racism is what the country was built on: Slavery, systematic oppression, then voter oppression, female oppression, poor education system so you're intentionally uninformed, financial oppression," Palmer continued. "Human beings can only take so much."
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Palmer continued, "American needs government reform that demand legislations and new laws that birth the future for our kids. We deserve a new system because the old one was created to oppress us."
There has now been a week of protests nationwide after video showed white police officer Derek Chauvin with his knee on Floyd's neck during an arrest. Floyd said he could not breathe and pleaded for help, but later died.
All four responding officers have since been fired, and Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington announced on Friday that Chauvin had been arrested and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter.