By: Amy Jo Underwood
The Black Lives Matter movement has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize due to its call for systemic change across the world. However, despite the fact many BLM protests have been peaceful, the movement is responsible for billions of dollars in property damage and dozens of lost lives. Critics point out that much of BLM’s activity has not, in fact, been peaceful.
Norwegian Parliament member Petter Eide has nominated the Black Lives Matter movement (BLM) for a Nobel Peace Prize. According to MSN, Eide has nominated BLM due to the fact it has sparked a global conversation about systemic injustice across the world. Eide states that the movement is "bringing forward a new consciousness and awareness about racial justice." USA Today reports that Eide received many letters from “angry Americans,” who informed Eide that BLM was not a “peaceful organization.” Eide stated that he was prepared for pushback and critique.
BLM was linked to 91% of riots during the summer of 2020, according to a study done by the U.S. Crisis Monitor at Princeton University. Between May and September, 49 states experienced riots, according to the Daily Signal. California had the highest number of riots, with 86 violent incidents during that time period, followed by Oregon with 79. The study defined “riots” as “demonstrations in which any demonstrators engage in violently disruptive or destructive acts (e.g. violence, looting, vandalism, etc.), as well as mob violence in which violent mobs target other individuals, property, businesses, or other groups.”
“I don’t care if someone decides to loot a Gucci or a Macy’s or a Nike store, because that makes sure that person eats. That makes sure that person has clothes. That is reparations.” - Ariel Atkins, BLM Chicago
“I think that it is a tool of white supremacy to say if you want freedom, then you get it by protesting peacefully.” - Hawk Newsome, BLM New York