The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is in the running for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize after being nominated by a Norwegian lawmaker.
Norwegian MP Petter Eide, who has represented the Socialist Left party in parliament for the past four years, nominated the BLM movement for the award on Jan. 30, CNN reported.
Eide, 61, praised the movement, which he claimed has forced countries throughout the world to confront the racism within their own societies, according to The Guardian.
“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,” he declared in his written nomination of BLM.
“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,” Eide said, according to The Guardian. “Black Lives Matter has become a very important worldwide movement to fight racial injustice.”
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“They have had a tremendous achievement in raising global awareness and consciousness about racial injustice,” he added.
Eide said he is also impressed with BLM’s ability “to mobilize people from all groups of society, not just African-Americans, not just oppressed people,” The Guardian reported.
“It has been a broad movement, in a way which has been different from their predecessors,” he said.
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Eide blew off critics who pointed out that BLM mobs have spent most of last summer torching and looting cities throughout the U.S. while attacking and brawling with law enforcement.
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“Studies have shown that most of the demonstrations organized by Black Lives Matter have been peaceful,” he told The Guardian. “Of course there have been incidents, but most of them have been caused by the activities of either the police or counter-protestors.”
Eide said he has been bombarded by critical responses since he nominated BLM for the prize.
#Oregon | Portland police said the Justice Center in downtown #Portland was "attacked" and a fire was set inside during a protest Friday night to denounce the killing of a black man by police in #Minneapolis earlier in the week. https://t.co/d356RdRzp6 pic.twitter.com/voTSrt8DTt
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“This weekend I have received so many negative responses from individual Americans telling me that Black Lives Matter is a violent and aggressive organization, that they are deliberately using violence as a political communication tool and that nominating them for the Nobel Peace Prize is quite insane,” he told ABC News on Sunday.
“They were very nasty, and some of them were also threats,” he added. “They were hateful.”
Eide has nominated activists from China and Russia for the prize in the past.
Portland: Antifa & BLM smash buildings, they go in to loot, then they set it on fire. #antifa #USA#Protests #riots2020 #LAProtests #seattleprotest #chicagoprotest #laprotest pic.twitter.com/XXo72v0fcC
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Any politician serving at the national level is eligible to submit nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize, The Guardian reported.
Submissions closed on Monday, and a shortlist of nominees is expected to be generated by the end of March.
The winner will be selected in October, The Guardian reported.
#BREAKING Several vehicles were set on fire in Seattle, including police and transit units. Protests turned violent Saturday after a rally over George Floyd's death. https://t.co/WBQvuI4ruZ pic.twitter.com/DWEx8rfBpd
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BLM issued a triumphant tweet after receiving the nomination.
“We hold the largest social movement in global history. Today, we have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize,” the group wrote. “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.”
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 ✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/xjestPNFzC
— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) January 30, 2021
BLM Global Network Foundation was also awarded the $100,000 2020 Olof Palme human rights prize from Sweden on Saturday, ABC News reported.
Prize organizers praised BLM for promoting “”peaceful civil disobedience against police brutality and racial violence” throughout the world, according to the news outlet.
She has touted herself and her fellow Black Lives Matter followers as “trained Marxists” who “are super-versed on…ideological theories,” the Washington Examiner reported.
Cullors has claimed to be a protégé of Eric Mann, former agitator of the domestic terrorism group Weather Underground.
The group has raised millions of dollars in donations for “Black Lives Matter,” an organization which does not legally exist.
Donations are collected by a third-party nonprofit organization and then “gifted” to BLM leaders with no accountability or transparency for how the money is used.
In October of 2020, Cullors signed a wide-ranging, multi-year deal with Warner Bros. Television Group in order to have her develop and produce a plethora of programming in order to give more attention to “black voices.”