Peter Eide, a Norwegian member of parliament, has nominated Black Lives Matter for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize because he believes the organization is bringing forward awareness and a new consciousness about racial justice in the USA and at the international level.
Eide added that the movement is the strongest force today in the USA, Europe, and Asia that addresses racial justice. He compared the movement to the Civil Rights Movement in the USA, as well as the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, and how it tries to carry forward the legacy of such groups.
The Norwegian expressed how such a nomination came with backlashes from Americans who said that Black Lives Matter wasn’t a peaceful organization. He was prepared for all the critiques.
Eide explained how even Dr. Marin Luther King also received the same arguments before winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, and now Americans are on him because he chose to nominate Black Lives Matter for the award.
This is not the first time for Eide since he had previously nominated human rights activists from China and Russia for the Nobel Peace Prize. He also alternates as a former Secretary-General of the Norwegian branch of Amnesty International and currently a member of Norway’s Socialist Left Party.
Black Lives Matter released a statement via Twitter that described how they had become the largest social movement in global history. It also touched on how people are waking up to the global call for social justice with the aim of ending economic injustice, white supremacy, and environmental racism. The movement was super excited to receive the nomination, and they also wrote that they were getting started.
This coming Monday is the deadline for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize nomination, and the only people who are allowed to submit names or movements are members of a national assembly or head of state.
Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 by three American activists; Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. The movement rose into fame following George Zimmerman’s acquittal after shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Last year, we witnessed thousands of protestors in the streets amid the coronavirus pandemic affecting the entire world. The protests erupted after a series of killings of Black Americans and went on as more coronavirus cases were recorded every day.
Black Lives Matter has received recognition after winning Sweden’s Olof annual Palme human rights prize for 2020. The award was named after a former prime minister of Sweden, Olof Palme, who was assassinated, and the Swedish Social Democratic Party established it.
According to the Olof Palme Memorial Fund, Black Lives Matter has recorded a great national and international breakthrough in 2020 after protesting against a number of extreme brutalities.
It wouldn’t come as a surprise if Black Lives Matter were to win the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize because its well-deserved because it has helped push the idea of ending racing and racist violence not only on U.S. soil but globally.
Nelson Richards is a Seasoned Journalist with nearly 6 years of experience. While studying at Case Western Reserve University, Located at Cleveland. Nelson found a passion for finding and writing articles which are published in Well known Media Publications such as Tnt Publications and Ohio News Network. As a contributor to Chroniclex Nelson Covers National Topics.