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Keke Palmer Pleads With National Guard To 'Walk With Us' During Peaceful Hollywood Protest

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By Jeff Mazzeo

Keke Palmer urged members of the 18th Calvary of the National Guard to take part in a peaceful protest in the middle of Hollywood and while she wasn't completely satisfied by their response, many appreciated their actions.

The "Singled Out" host was on the front lines of a protest on Tuesday when she emotionally asked soldiers to show a sign of solidarity with the people. The moment was captured by NBC News corresponding, Gadi Schwartz, and quickly went viral.

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Keke's Impassioned Plea

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Palmer explained to the National Guard that she felt that President Trump was "trying to incite a race war" with his recent public address. She asked them to prove that they were there to protect them.

"The borders are closed. We can't leave. We have people here that need your help," Keke exclaimed. "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."

They Couldn't Leave Their Posts

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"March beside us. Let the revolution be televised," Palmer continued. "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."

The officers explained that they could not leave their posts due to orders but offered to walk the block they were there to protect with the protesters. Keke wasn't fully satisfied and expressed her disappointment. "I'm at a loss, man. It's not enough."

The crowd seemed extremely happy when they agreed to take a knee as a show of solidarity.

They Take A Knee

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Just as Palmer was starting to get disheartened, a different woman asked if they would support their peaceful protest in another way.

"Can you take a kneel?" the woman asked before the soldier replied, "Absolutely."

"Let's all take a kneel!" the National Guard member exclaimed as several members of his squad joined the protesters by taking a knee.

The crowd erupted with applause as almost everyone in attendance showed their support for one another.

Her Mixed

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Just one day before her moment with the National Guard went viral, she shared her thoughts by reading a prepared statement on her Instagram.

"I've always been a for peace kind of person. That has always been my identity," she said before expressing her feelings to lash out after the murder of George Floyd.

"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."

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