Black Lives Matter put forth for Nobel Peace Prize
“Countries other than the US to face racism within their own societies”
In a move that has sparked controversy around the globe, Petter Eide, member of the Norwegian Parliament for the Socialist Left Party (SV) has nominated the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement for the Nobel Peace Prize.
“When I searched in the back of my mind to find the most important thing that has happened in the past year when it comes to peace and conflict, I thought of Black Lives Matter. It is an enormously important global movement, which I have been very touched by, said Eide to Klassekampen.
Members of national assemblies are among those who can nominate candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize. The deadline expired on the night of Feb. 1.
“The Nobel Committee has a tradition of linking anti-racism and the work for peace. Racism creates conflict in countries and between countries,” said Eide.
Since putting forth the nomination for BLM, the Norwegian politician said he has been bombarded with threats and hateful messages, many from individual Americans. Eide has stated that he has no plans to rescind the nomination.
This article originally appeared in the Feb. 12, 2021, issue of The Norwegian American.