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Black Lives Matter Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize Following Global Protests
The Black Lives Matter movement has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel peace prize.
Norwegian MP Petter Eide said the movement has forced countries outside the United States to confront racism within their own societies.
“I find that one of the key challenges we have seen in America, but also in Europe and Asia, is the kind of increasing conflict based on inequality,” he said. “Black Lives Matter has become a very important worldwide movement to fight racial injustice. They have had a tremendous achievement in raising global awareness and consciousness about racial injustice.”
The group started as a hashtag in 2012 after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida. But over the years, it has transformed into a movement that tackles police brutality and inequality head-on.
The Black Lives Matter protest movement ignited during the spring and summer of 2020 following the death of an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer while three other officers from the department stood by. The death of Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor sparked protests worldwide, calling out systematic racism and police brutality.
“The Norwegian Nobel Committee has always recognized a strong connection between racial justice and peace,” Eide told CNN.
In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the prize for “his non-violent struggle for civil rights for the Afro-American population.”
South African President Nelson Mandela and Frederik Willem de Klerk were awarded jointly in 1993 for the anti-apartheid movement between the ’60s and ’90s and their work in transitioning the nation from a system of racial segregation.
“People message me to say that BLM is a violent organization,” said Eide. “I condemn all kinds of violence. However, these arguments were the same when Martin Luther King received the prize in 1964 or when Mandela received it in 1993. It is not a strong argument. If some elements of the movement may have been violent, that is not a reason to blame the whole movement.”
Nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize are accepted from any politician serving at a national level. Deadline for submission February, and by the end of March, the Norwegian Nobel Committee prepares a shortlist.
According to The Nobel Prize, the winner is chosen in October, and the award ceremony is scheduled for early December.