The American Black Lives Matter movement has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
As The Guardian recalls, BLM’s stated goals are to fight racism and police violence against African Americans.
“The Black Lives Matter movement has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for the way its call for systemic change has spread around the world,” the publication writes.
The nomination was initiated by Norwegian MP Petter Eide. He said that BLM “gave a new start” to the global struggle against racial discrimination.
“I believe that one of the key problems we face in America, but also in Europe and Asia, is the intensification of conflict based on inequality. Black Lives Matter has become a very important global movement to combat racial injustice,” the parliamentarian said.
At the same time, he did admit that there were clashes and pogroms at the actions of the movement, but said that “most of the actions were peaceful.” According to Eide, this is corroborated by some studies whose authors he would not name.
The Black Lives Matter movement was founded in the United States in 2013 after a court acquitted the police officer who shot and killed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
In 2020, BLM protests began over the murder of recidivist George Floyd by a law enforcement officer. Shootings, violence, rioting, and looting occurred periodically during the protests.
There were also instances of black racism during these riots – there were cases where whites were beaten up just because they said their lives “mattered, too.”
As reported by the media, about 60 Confederate monuments were torn down during the BLM riots in the United States. Black Lives Matter activists did not see these as acts of vandalism, but as a struggle “to restore historical justice and affirm the final victory over slavery and racial oppression.”