Norwegian polictician, Petter Eide, has nominated the Black Lives Matter movement for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, for its determination to bring awareness to racial injustice and call for systemic change.
While there are reportedly other networks and organizations, the BLM movement was founded in 2013 as a response to George Zimmerman being acquitted of charges in the murder of Trayvon Martin. Founders Opal Tometi, Patrisse Cullors, and Alicia Garza gained more attention with the movement when protests began for Mike Brown and Eric Garner, who were murdered by police. Global recognition came about in 2020 with a series of protests over the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, who were also killed unjustly by police.
Amid criticism, Eide, who is a Socialist lawmaker says he doesn’t want his nomination for Black Lives Matter to be viewed as a comment on the United States’ politics, as right side lawmakers argue that the groups protest are behind the violence caused in those US cities, but Eide informs them that “studies have shown that most of the demonstrations organized by Black Lives Matter have been peaceful,” he stated. “Of course there have been incidents, but most of them have been caused by the activities of either the police or counter-protestors.”
The Norwegian pol. believes the determination of the movement to bring awareness and change, inspired other countries to combat systemic and racial injustice in their societies. In his nomination letter he stated, “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, Black Lives Matter has become a very important worldwide movement to fight racial injustice.”
Any politician serving on a national level can nominate a person or organization for the Peace prize. Submissions for this year are due by Feb.1, reportedly the winner be chosen in Oct. and a ceremony will be held Dec. 10th in their honor.
Eide ended his nomination letter by stating, “Awarding the peace prize to Black Lives Matter, as the strongest global force against racial injustice, will send a powerful message that peace is founded on equality, solidarity and human rights, and that all countries must respect those basic principles.”