Keke Palmer was among the thousands of people who showed up on Tuesday, June 2, in Los Angeles to peacefully protest the killing of George Floyd by a police officer.
Palmer did more than just march, however. In a video tweeted out by NBC News correspondent Gadi Schwartz, she gave a powerful speech to members of the National Guard present at the protest. She also called out President Donald Trump, who Monday night (June 1) gave a speech demanding "law and order" and threatening military intervention in U.S. cities.
"You have to pay attention to what's going on or else we have a president that's trying to incite a race war," she said. "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."
“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," she continued. "Make history with us, please!"
When one of the guardsmen said they can walk only a certain distance with the protesters because they have to stay at their assigned post, Palmer said she was "at a loss" and that that's not enough for her. But she continued her plea, and the soldiers eventually took a knee to the cheers of protesters.
Watch Palmer's passionate speech, below.
The video soon went viral, with many praising Palmer's words and approach. "When
@KekePalmer said 'it ain’t enough for me…' felt it " Holly Robinson Peete responded.
"KEKE FOR PRESIDENT," Palmer's Scream Queens costar Nick Jonas tweeted.
"Keke Palmerrrrr, yesssss girl. I love her sm. She has always been so vocal and outspoken. She only and always speaks up for what she believes is right," a fan wrote.
Palmer also spoke directly to her followers on Instagram about the current situation in America.
"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 said. "Human beings can only take so much…America needs government reform that demands 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."
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