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Keke Palmer implored members of the National Guard to show their support for anti-racist protesters during a demonstration on Tuesday. In one now viral video Tweeted by journalist Gadi Schwartz, Palmer is seen talking to National Guard troops about the urgency of the moment and the need for the police to listen to the marginalized communities they control: when you stand together with the community, with society stop government oppression. Period. We need you. One of the soldiers tells Palmer that he “agrees” with her, and Palmer then asks her to “walk next to us.” The soldier replies that he cannot leave his post and must “control” the intersection on which the demonstrators walk, to which Palmer replies: “What is there to control? Encouraged by the crowd, the soldier eventually knelt with the rest of his unit. Palmer can be heard saying “this is not enough” and continues to encourage soldiers to march with the protesters.
A transcription of Palmer’s words to the National Guard:
“Once the looting begins, the shooting begins? “You have a president who talks about the Second Amendment as a use for people to come here and use guns against people who demonstrate. This is the message we see. I do not know if you are on social networks, because the news does not tell you everything. But you have to be careful about what’s going on. Or, we have a president who is trying to incite a racial war. And the borders are closed. We cannot leave. You have people here who need your help. That’s when you all stand together with the community, with society, to end government oppression. Period. We need you.
So why are you not with us? Why are you not next to us? Get your people. You will walk next to us. Walk alongside us! Walk alongside us! Let the revolution be televised. Walk next to us and show us that you are here for us. Make history with us. Please. Let’s do it. We will start walking and you walk with us. Be the change. Do it. Please do it.
Control? What is there to control, man? Why are you not with us? It would send a huge message, we’re just walking. Go around with us. You and your men will protect us. Walk like we just did. Take this walk with us.