Black Lives Matter Nominated for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize
Radical-left group put forward for coveted award by Norwegian lawmaker
The far-left Black Lives Matter organization has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The radical Marxist group has been put forward for the coveted award by Norwegian MP Petter Eide.
He claims the impact of BLM’s "anti-racism" protests has been felt far beyond the United States.
"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,” Eide said.
"Black Lives Matter has become a very important worldwide movement to fight racial injustice," he added.
Eide failed to note, however, that Black Lives Matter protests frequently end in violent riots and looting, often destroying minority communities in the process.
Eide has previously nominated human rights activists from Russia and China for the prize, according to The Guardian.
He said one other thing that impressed him about Black Lives Matter was the way leaders “have been able to mobilize people from all groups of society, not just African-Americans, not just oppressed people, it has been a broad movement, in a way which has been different from their predecessors.”
The Black Lives Matter movement was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal in the US of the man who shot Trayvon Martin.
It gained wider recognition in 2014 following protests over the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
It was, more recently, the wellspring of a series of violent global protests in 2020 following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
Nominations for the Nobel peace prize are accepted from any politician serving at a national level, and they are allowed just 2,000 words to state their case.
The deadline for this year’s submission is 1 February, and by the end of March, the committee prepares a shortlist.
The winner is chosen in October and the award ceremony is scheduled for 10 December.
There were more than 300 nominations for last year’s award, which was ultimately won by the World Food Programme.