Black Lives Matter Wins Global Peace Prize

The Sydney Peace Foundation has announced – get ready for it – that it will be giving Black Lives Matter a global peace prize.

According to Newsweek, the prize in question has previously “highlighted the work of South African civil rights activist Desmond Tutu, renowned philosopher Noam Chomsky and former Irish President Mary Robinson.”

The outlet states that The Sydney Peace Foundation announced Black Lives Matter as the recipient of this year’s award, which will be presented at a ceremony in November.

“The award recognizes the work of the founding leaders of the social justice activist network,” the outlet reports, “who began working together after Florida neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013 in the shooting death of black teen Trayvon Martin.”

In its announcement, The Sydney Peace Foundation describes Black Lives Matter as “a global phenomenon” that is “affirming black humanity in the face of relentless police brutality, mass incarceration and racial disparity.”

The foundation also states, “this is the first time that a movement and not a person has been awarded the Peace Prize – a timely choice.”

As surprising as this all might be, perhaps most surprising is the fact that Black Lives Matter is actually accepting the award and not referring to awards as a tool of the white supremacy.

According to The Independent, the movement’s co-founder Opal Tometi stated that the award “is an affirmation and reminds us that we are on a righteous path.”

“Accepting this award is about our people on the ground striving for justice every single day. It’s truly meaningful to be recognized in this way. We’ll continue to push forward until structural racism is dismantled and every black life matters.”

Needless to say, not everyone understands why a movement known for its chaotic riots is receiving a peace award.

Of course, one can’t forget the violence against police officers Black Lives matter has unfurled.

Here are a few comments from people confused about why such a group is receiving a peace prize.

Sources:
Newsweek
The Sydney Peace Foundation
The Independent

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