The Black Lives Matter movement has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian MP Petter Eide.
Eide stated that the movement has forced countries outside the U.S. to think about racism within their own borders.
“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. Black Lives Matter has become a very important worldwide movement to fight racial injustice,” said Eide. “They have had a tremendous achievement in raising global awareness and consciousness about racial injustice.”
“They have been able to mobilize 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,” continued Eide.
Eide has represented the Socialist Left party in Norway’s parliament since 2017.
Eide has previously nominated human rights activists from Russia and China, according to The Guardian.
Nominations for the prize are accepted from any politician serving at the highest level in their respective country. Essentially anything or anyone could be nominated for the prize. The only requirement to be eligible for the prize is to be nominated by a “qualified nominator.”
Black Lives Matter protests over the summer have resulted in an estimated $1-2 billion worth of damages, according to Axios. Despite the massive destruction experienced in cities across the US, liberals are convinced that these protests have been “mostly peaceful,” including Eide.
“Studies have shown that most of the demonstrations organized by Black Lives Matter have been peaceful. Of course there have been incidents, but most of them have been caused by the activities of either the police or counter-protestors,” Eide claimed.