Keke Palmer’s emotionally-charged speech at protest persuades armed soldiers to bend the knee

Keke Palmer pleaded with the armed soldiers to join the protest in Hollywood (Picture: @GadiNBC)

Keke Palmer mastered the art of persuasion after begging a group of National Guardsmen to support their Black Lives Matter protest. 

The Hustlers actress joined a demonstration in Hollywood on Tuesday (2 June) in protest for George Floyd, who died after a police officer knelt on his neck during an aggressive arrest. 

At one point, Keke stopped to deliver an emotionally-charged speech to armed officers in the middle of a crowded street. 

Quoting one of President Donald Trump’s recent controversial tweets, Keke told them: ‘You have a president] saying, “Once the looting starts, the shooting starts”. 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 that we’re seeing… 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. 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.’ 

Becoming even more impassioned, Keke then pleads: ‘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!’ 

The crowd then began chanting ‘march with us’ but one guardsman explained that he was unable to leave his post as he needed to ‘protect the businesses’ as well as protestors. 

He offered to walk to the end of the street as a compromise and then agreed to bend the knee. 

As his fellow guardsmen joined him, Keke admitted: ‘That ain’t enough for me.’ 

Keke accused Trump of ‘trying to incite a race war’ during her passionate speech (Picture: @GadiNBC)
A few of the National Guardsmen agreed to bend the knee rather than walk the whole march (Picture: @GadiNBC)
George Floyd died after a police officer knelt on his neck (Picture: Instagram)

In another video, a second guardsmen explained why they couldn’t join the march: ‘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.’ 

The original video has been watched more than 12 million times and Keke was applauded for her speech, with Nick Jonas commenting: ‘KEKE FOR PRESIDENT.’ 

Earlier this week, Keke posted an Instagram video addressing the Black Lives Matter movement and 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 added: ‘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. Human beings can only take so much.’ 

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