By Lois Barker
Sub-Edited By Jasmine Wing
Norwegian MP Peter Eide has nominated the global movement “for their struggle against racism and racially motivated violence,” he wrote in his official Nobel Peace Prize nomination papers.
“BLM’s call for systemic change has spread around the world, forcing other countries to grapple with racism within their own societies,” he said.
Last May The Black Lives Matter protest movement was reignited after the death of unarmed George Floyd, who was killed by police in Minneapolis. The group started with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter back in 2012 after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida and has now grown into a social juggernaut. It has educated and changed the way people talk and think about matters such as police brutality and inequality around the world.
The organisation now has chapters all over the world and have held boycotts, rallies and other actions across the globe. Online BLM has been used to spread the message against police brutality. And globally, it’s being used by many to show solidarity to black people.
Eide has said he saw the Black Lives Matter as a “legacy from both the civil rights movement in America and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has always recognised a strong connection between racial justice and peace.
Eide has said he has received many emails and messages following his announcement of the nomination “people message me to say that BLM is a violent organization, I condemn all kinds of violence. However, these arguments were the same when Martin Luther King received the prize in 1964, or when Mandela received it in 1993. It is not a strong argument, if some elements of the movement may have been violent, that is not a reason to blame the whole movement.”
A 2020 report from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project showed that about 93% of racial justice protests in the US since the death of George Floyd have been peaceful and non-destructive.
The 61-year-old politician, who has represented the Socialist Left party in parliament since 2017, concluded his written nomination saying “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.”