İrem UZUN -TDO- The Black Lives Matter Movement has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel peace prize for the way its call for systemic change has spread around the world. In his nomination papers, the Norwegian MP Petter Eide said the movement had forced countries outside the U.S. to grapple with racism within their own societies.
Founded in the United States in 2013, The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation received an impetus in May 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.
Foundation has also won Sweden's Olof Palme human rights prize for 2020. Organizers said the movement was honoured for promoting "peaceful civil disobedience against police brutality and racial violence" across the globe. They noted that about 20 million people had taken part in Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests in the U.S. alone. An online prize-giving ceremony took place in Stockholm on Saturday.