Keke Palmer Recounts Seeing National Guard Members Take a Knee at BLM Protest: ‘I’m Not Looking for You to Kneel’

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In a cowl interview with Cosmopolitan, Keke Palmer commented on her expertise at a Black Lives Matter protest in Los Angeles final month, particularly pertaining to an interplay that went viral by a clip posted by NBC News by which Palmer is seen urging members of the National Guard to march with protesters and them as an alternative kneeling to show solidarity.

“I thought it wasn’t enough,” Palmer mentioned. “George Floyd died because somebody kneeled on his neck. I’m not looking for you to kneel. I’m not looking for a moment. I’m looking for us to stand together. If now isn’t the time to do it, then when is? Because there was a time when standing up to the slave master seemed crazy as hell too.”

In the clip, Palmer passionately asks National Guard members to “March beside us. Let the revolution be televised, march beside us and show us that you’re here for us.” One guard explains he can not march greater than a metropolis block as a result of he has to defend close by companies. He and different guardsmen then kneel when the gang asks them to present solidarity.

Palmer recalled the second within the interview, criticizing the priorities behind the choice.

“We’re the ones that need to be protected, not the damn buildings!” she mentioned. “The buildings can be rebuilt. When we start to approach [the guardsmen], I’m literally just thinking aloud, ‘Why are they not with us?’… I was overwhelmed with the emotion of everybody knowing what’s happening, that it’s not right. And this is something that, as a Black person, we’ve known… I know what it feels like to be hated for your skin. It’s so silly and it’s so stupid, but it’s so cruel. I know what it feels like when somebody is racist toward you, and you literally go to a sunken place, you can’t speak.”

“At that moment, I felt like, ‘You’re human like me. I’m fighting out here, not just for me but for you too, you and the universe,’” Palmer continued. “Everything I said came out like word vomit. I know I didn’t let him get a word in edgewise, but it was because I wanted him to feel me. I wanted to connect to the human, not the suit, not this robot-ass s—. ‘Yo, we need you to take a stand with us because this has got to stop.’”

Despite her disappointment within the guardsmen, Palmer nonetheless affirmed she discovered the gathering to be a transferring show of solidarity for the Black Lives Matter motion.

“It was so euphoric,” she mentioned.”I simply felt so united with all people. It wasn’t no celebrity-type s—, you realize what I imply? I’ve by no means felt like that earlier than. If I sit and take into consideration all the pieces that’s occurred on this nation, I wouldn’t get out of f—ing mattress within the morning. So for us to have that second of simply serving to one another heal, simply standing by one another, marching and saying, ‘No justice, no peace.’ That’s so highly effective.”

Palmer additionally penned a guest column for Variety in June explaining why she selected to be part of the Black Lives Matter protests in Los Angeles and articulating her disappointment over National Guard members refusing to march with the protesters.

“I have waited for a revolution, I believe, my entire life,” Palmer wrote. “I feel it’s like this for many millennials; messages about following rules and staying in line have since evolved into calls to stand up and get others to stand with you, to challenge authority and recognize different life experiences while gathering with others who are like-minded.”


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