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Keke Palmer to National Guardsmen: Kneeling Is Not Enough for Me

Keke Palmer

During a protest against police brutality in Hollywood Tuesday, actress Keke Palmer implored members of the National Guard to leave their posts and march with the crowd in a show of solidarity. While one member of the Guard, armed with an assault weapon, said while he believed in the cause of the protesters, he couldn’t abandon his post. When he knelt at the request of another protester, Palmer said, “That’s not enough for me.”

Palmer, the out star of last year’s Hustlers, began by informing the National Guard member that there’s something they could do other than to stand amid the protest with rifles.

“You have to pay attention to what’s going on,” she told the Guardsman. “We have a president that’s trying to incite a race war.”

"We have people here that need your help," Palmer said, in a video NBC News correspondent Gadi Schwartz tweeted. "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."

When one Guardsman said that he stood with her and the cause but that his job was to protect the area, she explained it was the protesters who needed protecting and not the buildings.

“March with us, it will send a huge message," Palmer said. "You're the protector. If you're supposed to be patrolling us, then walk with us."

The Guardsman would not consent to leave his post, but he did kneel when another protester asked him if he would “take a knee.”

“That ain’t enough for me,” Palmer said as the man knelt and many in the crowd cheered.

“March with us,” she continued.

Eventually, most of the National Guard members present took a knee.

Watch Palmer’s impassioned speech below.

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