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Black Lives Matter has been nominated for a 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.
Norwegian member of parliament Petter Eide stated he nominated the group as a result of it’s “bringing forward a new consciousness and awareness about racial justice.”
“To carry forward a movement of racial justice and to spread that to other countries is very, very important. Black Lives Matter is the strongest force today doing this, not only in the U.S. but also in Europe and in Asia,” Eide advised USA TODAY Saturday.
Eide stated Black Lives Matter carries ahead the legacy of earlier racial justice actions, such because the Civil Rights Movement within the U.S. and the anti-apartheid motion in South Africa. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gained the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, and Albert Luthuli and Nelson Mandela gained the prize in 1960 and 1993, respectively, for their campaigns in opposition to racial discrimination in South Africa.
“For the Nobel Prize Committee, this is not unusual to link a fight for (racial) justice, to link that with peace,” Eide stated. “There will be no peace without justice.”
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Eide stated the nomination “is not a comment on domestic American politics.” Eide stated he awakened Saturday morning to an e mail inbox “full of very angry Americans,” who wrote to Eide saying Black Lives Matter just isn’t a peaceable group. Edie stated he was “prepared for that critique.”
“If we go 50 years back, those arguments also came up when Dr. Martin Luther King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 – exactly the same arguments. And when twice the (African National Congress) leaders of South Africa received the Nobel Peace Prize, there were also incidents of violence. But you can’t use that as a counter-argument to say Mandela was not working for justice or peace,” he stated.
Eide is a member of Norway’s Socialist Left Party and the previous Secretary General of the Norwegian department of Amnesty International. He has beforehand nominated human rights activists from Russia and China for the prize.
“We hold the largest social movement in global history. Today, we have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize,” Black Lives Matter wrote on Twitter Friday. “People are waking up to our global call: for racial justice and an end to economic injustice, environmental racism, and white supremacy. We’re only getting started (raised fist).”
Under Nobel Peace Prize guidelines, any member of a nationwide meeting or a head of state can submit a nomination. Monday is the deadline for submission, and the five-person Norwegian Nobel Committee is anticipated to draft a brief record in March.
“It’s a long-shot to see them receive the prize, but it’s quite important that we spark this discussion. That’s a contribution in itself,” Eide stated.
Meanwhile, a member of the Norwegian Parliament’s far-right Progress Party nominated Donald Trump for a second time. Last 12 months, Christian Tybring-Gjedde nominated the then-president for his efforts within the Middle East. The United Nations’ World Food Program gained the prize for its work to fight starvation and meals insecurity across the globe, beating out greater than 300 candidates.
Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi based the Black Lives Matter motion in 2013 following George Zimmerman’s acquittal for capturing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Thousands of protests affiliated with the motion erupted world wide final 12 months, within the wake of a collection of killings of Black Americans.
According to a report by the U.S. Crisis Monitor, a joint effort together with Princeton University that collects and analyzes real-time information on demonstrations and political violence within the U.S., demonstrators didn’t have interaction in violence or damaging exercise in additional than 93% of the greater than 7,750 demonstrations throughout 1000’s of areas in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., between May 26 and late August.
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Separately, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation gained Sweden’s Olof annual Palme human rights prize for 2020, based on a launch Friday. The prize is awarded by a fund established by the Swedish Social Democratic Party and the household of Olof Palme, a former prime minister of Sweden who was assassinated.
“Black Lives Matter had its great national and international breakthrough in the summer of 2020, in connection with a number of cases of extreme brutality,” the Olof Palme Memorial Fund for International Understanding and Common Security stated.
“In the United States alone, an estimated twenty million people have taken part in Black Lives Matter protests, and millions more have made their voices heard all over the world. This illustrates that racism and racist violence is not just a problem in American society, but a global problem, including Sweden.”