A Norwegian MP, Petter Eide, has nominated the Black Lives Matter movement for the 2021 Nobel peace prize. Nominations are accepted from any politician serving at the national level; shortlists will be announced at the end of March with a winner chosen in October.
He cites the movement’s impact on forcing countries outside of the US to confront racism as a key reason for the nomination, commending its ‘achievement in raising global awareness and consciousness about racial injustice.’
Would enshrining the achievements of the BLM movement with a Nobel prize solidify its presence and purpose around the world, or mask the racial barriers that still exist? What role do global organisations still have to play in confronting inequality and injustice across the world? Can the momentum of 2020 be capitalised on to push for change in 2021, or will it fade away?