Norwegian MP proposes Black Lives Matter for Nobel Peace Prize

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Norwegian MP proposes Black Lives Matter for Nobel Peace Prize
A Black Lives Matter demonstration in Oslo, 2016. Photo: Torstein Bøe / NTB/ TT

Norwegian MP Petter Eide has nominated Black Lives Matter for the Nobel Peace Prize, reportedly stating that the movement had "forced countries other than the US 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 in his nomination papers, 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,” he added.


Founded in the United States in 2013, the Black Lives Matter movement gained momentum in May 2020 after George Floyd died. A white policeman had knelt on Floyd's neck for eight minutes ignoring Floyd's pleas that he couldn't breathe.

The incident fuelled protests in the United States that sped across the world.

"This movement has become one of the strongest global movements for working with racial injustice," Petter Eide, told AFP.

"They have also been spread to many many countries, building up... awareness on the importance of fighting racial injustice," he said.

Tens of thousands of people, including MPs and ministers from all countries, former Nobel laureates and distinguished academics, can propose candidates for the various Nobel prizes. The deadline ends on Sunday.

The Nobel prizes will be announced at the start of October. 


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Anonymous 2021/02/02 10:31
This exposes the double standards of the media, certain NGOs and the increasingly tiresome award organisations. Below are two unfortunate realities of our modern way of life that illustrate this: In Europe we have had many cases of terrorism committed by Muslim extremists. After each one there is usually a 100% peaceful rally of remembrance and healing. This has been going on for decades but the narrative from the mainstream media is that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful and that the attackers actually weren't really Muslim at all. Anyone uttering derogatory comments about Muslims are likely to find themselves charged with 'inciting hate'. In America, the police in performing their duty often have to resort to physical and sometimes lethal violence. Occasionally this is deliberate and indefensible and the offending police officers are punished but these are rare occurrences. Often these instances are caused by suspects not following police requests, acting violently or being under the influence of drugs. Despite these issues being a problem with only a very small percentage of police officers the media, liberal organisations and politicians, in contrast to the Muslim situation in Europe, have decided it suits their aims to portray police forces across the world as systemically racist. Again, in contrast to the peaceful gatherings after Muslim terrorist attacks, riots by BLM supporters are likely to follow police shootings but only if the victim is black... Regarding BLM itself, in the 5 or so years of it's existence it has achieved precisely nothing that I could associate the word ''Peace' with. The BLM riots last June resulted in 19 deaths and caused hundreds of millions in damage to innocent citizens property. It's aims, though hard to track down, appear to be the following and again, do not seem to be likely to bring about any peace, though it certainly looks like the criminals would be happy: 1. Defund the police 2. Remove bail posting requirements 3. Remove police from schools 4. Cancel 'stop and search' programs' I may be wrong about the above, I'd be interested to hear other peoples opinions.

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