Petter Eide, a Norwegian Politician, has nominated the Black Lives Matter Movement for the annual Nobel Prize. Eiden praised the global effort of the BLM movement in raising awareness and ‘fighting racial injustice.’
EUROPE – Petter Eide, Norwegian politician, member of Parliament, representing since 2017 Socialist Left Party, has nominated the Black Lives Matter movement for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, following a year in which protests demanding racial justice broke out globally.
Norwegian MP Petter Eide, said in his nomination papers that the movement had forced countries other than the United States to face up to racism within their own societies.
“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,” Mr Eide said, according to The Guardian.
“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.”
“The movement, Mr Eide added, had been “able to mobilise people from all groups of society … in a way which has been different from their predecessors”
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a decentralized political and social movement co-founded by three black women – Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, in 2013 following the acquittal of the man who shot dead Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
National headlines were gained in 2014 following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of Police Officers. Spreading worldwide last year, after George Floyd died under the knee of a white Police Officer in Minnesota.
BLM protesters in Time Square, New York, in 2020. (Photo/Julian Leshay)
BLM signs in New Jersey, in 2020. (Photo/Julian Leshay)
BLM protesters in Washington D.C.,in 2020. (Photo/Julian Leshay)
This nomination, like any other nomination, drew criticism from people online, who were either questioning how this nomination will benefit poor communities who are still suffering, and others claiming that BLM protests were often violent and calling them a marxist terrorist organization.
Under Nobel Peace Prize rules, a nomination may be submitted by any member of a national parliament for the award.
The deadline for submission of nomination can not be later than January 31st, after the Nobel committee will screen the nomination and submit a list for approval by the Academy, before the winner is chosen in October.
Last year’s prize, a far-right Norwegian Politician infamously nominated President Donald Trump, for the 2021 prize, citing the president's role in the recent peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The Nobel Prize was ultimately won by the United Nations World Food Programme for its efforts combating hunger across the globe.