Black Lives Matter has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel peace prize — a pitch that lauds the movement’s fight against racial injustice but takes little note of the decidedly non-peaceful violence and property damage that has been committed in its name.
BLM was nominated for the humanitarian honor by a Norwegian politician who hailed its multi-racial breadth, calling it “a very important worldwide movement to fight racial injustice,” The Guardian reported.
The pol, Petter Eide, a member of Norway’s Parliament, brushed aside questions of the movement’s occasions of violence on Friday.
“Studies have shown that most of the demonstrations organised by Black Lives Matter have been peaceful,” Eide said.
“Of course there have been incidents, but most of them have been caused by the activities of either the police or counter-protestors.”
More than 93 percent of U.S. BLM protests have been peaceful, according to a September study by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, which looked at 7,750 demonstrations from four months of last year.