What a year 2020 has been! Among all the bad things that happened last year, there was one massive silver lining – the Black Lives Matter movement. The movement has since been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian MP Petter Eide, who cited the global impact it had in the fight to end racial injustice everywhere in the world.
The Guardian reports that his nomination papers say that he finds that one of the key challenges we’ve seen in America, Europe, and Asia, is the kind of increasing conflict based on inequality. However, 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. They have been able to mobilise 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.” – he continued.
The Norwegian Prime Minister also defended the Black Lives Matter movement in light of the claims it had been responsible for violence in the US, and added that his nomination was not meant as a political statement. He noted once again that numerous studies have shown that the Black Lives Matter demonstrations have been peaceful.
We hold the largest social movement in global history. Today, we have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. 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 ✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/xjestPNFzC
— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) January 30, 2021
The Black Lives Matter was initially founded back in 2013 by Patrisse Gullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza following the acquittal of George Zimmerman following the Trayvon Martin incident. The movement gained massive popularity following the George Floyd incident, and has since won Sweden’s Olof Palme human rights prize for 2020.
“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.” – the Nobel prize nomination concludes.