Keke Palmer On Protesting: “At This Point Kneeling Has No Meaning” And “Going Against Authority Is The Only Remedy For Change”
Although many have come to know actress Keke Palmer as a childhood star, she is now grown and has successfully remodeled her television career to add singer and talk show host to her resume.
In a new guest column, Keke Palmer wrote about her recent experience as she took to the streets of Los Angeles to join protests following the tragic death of George Floyd and was met with an opportunity as she encountered National Guard soldiers.
In a widespread video, Keke Palmer can be heard telling the soldiers,
“You have a president talking about the Second Amendment as a use for people to come out here and use firearms against the people protesting. This is the message that we’re seeing. You have to pay attention to what’s going on. We have a president that’s trying to incite a race war, and when the borders are closed. We can’t leave. You have people in here that need your help. This is when you and y’all can stand together with the community, with society, to stop the governmental oppression. Period. We need you.”
One attentive soldier replied,
Keke Palmer makes a plea to the soldiers saying,
“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. Make history with us, please. Let’s just do it. We start marching and you march with us. Please.”
The soldiers did not march with the Keke and the other protesters but a few guards opted to kneel for a short moment. She stated her opinion saying,
“That’s not enough.”
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Now, Keke Palmer is writing about the experience with a few clear messages. She writes,
Sometimes, going against authority is the only remedy for change, especially when we have seen, too often, those authority figures step over the line. So where do you draw the line? How do you know to draw the line? Is there a line?
She later continues about her experience with the National Guard, saying,
While a few guardsmen knelt, for me that isn’t enough. Kneeling has become a mockery of sorts. Kneeling on George Floyd’s neck is what killed him. Now we see police officers kneeling and then, moments later, attacking peaceful protesters. At this point, the kneeling has no meaning.
She concluded her column by saying,
So while it may be scary, we were born for this: We were born to be leaders and grow out of just “following rules” because following rules isn’t enough.
We are now being called to challenge the rules and to challenge the character of those making them.
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