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The Black Lives Matter Movement Is Nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

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The Black Lives Matter Movement Is Nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

“BLM’s call for systemic change have spread around the world, forcing other countries to grapple with racism within their own societies.”

The Black Lives Matter movement has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.

As reported by CNN, which obtained the official nomination papers, Norwegian politician Petter Eide chose the organization “for their struggle against racism and racially motivated violence. … BLM’s call for systemic change have spread around the world, forcing other countries to grapple with racism within their own societies.”

A representative of the Socialist Left Party of Norway, Eide revealed to CNN that he nominated Black Lives Matter also because of the movement’s “legacy from both the Civil Rights movement in America and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.” He explained, “The Norwegian Nobel Committee has always recognized a strong connection between racial justice and peace.”

The movement responded to the nomination on Twitter, writing, “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.”

Last year saw the Black Lives Matter protests reignited to demand justice following the unjust deaths of multiple unarmed Black people. Ahmaud Arbery was shot dead in February while he was jogging. In March, Breonna Taylor was fatally shot in her bed when police entered her home on a no-knock warrant. In May, George Floyd was killed when a police officer knelt on his neck. Their deaths, and those of countless others, sparked widespread protests and much-needed conversations about systemic racism and the carceral system in the U.S. and around the world.


Source: HarpersBazaar.com