The Black Lives Matter movement has recently been nominated for one of the most prestigious awards in the world...

The news comes after the movement made global headlines last year.

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Keep scrolling to find out the reasons behind the momentous nomination.

But before we get there, let's get a few things clear.

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Today is your lucky day because I have decided to help you understand why Black Lives Matter is an important movement in the fight for racial equality. Yes, that's racial equality, and not supremacy, like some people like to assume.

"What is the Black Lives Matter movement?"

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Simply put, the movement was created in 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin, a seventeen-year-old schoolboy who was walking home with a bag of Skittles after visiting his father's fiancée.

An altercation ensued even though Zimmerman was told not to get involved by a superior.

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And when the police arrived on the scene, Martin was dead with bullet wounds and Zimmerman claimed he acted in self-defense. After a lengthy trial that gripped the nation, the off-duty "captain of the neighborhood patrol" was released without any charges.

That's when the Black Lives Matter hashtag started trending.

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This was because Trayvon Martin's life was brutally ended over a stereotype that Black boys in hoodies are deemed as a "threat." Zimmerman's only claim to stopping the young man was because he "looked suspicious."

But why? What made him suspicious?

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If it was the hoodie, why don't other people in hoodies get stopped as often as Black boys and men? At the time, you would think it was just one isolated incident, but over the next 7 years, up until this day, the same situation continued to take place but just with a different Black person each time.

Say their names.

Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Ahmaud Arbery, Breana Taylor, Elijah McClain, Stephon Clark, and more recently, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks.

Look them up if you've never heard of them, the cases are extremely harrowing.

According to The Washington Post, Black people are being killed twice as much as white people.

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And this is even despite the fact that they only make up thirteen percent of the population.

Just because you're not personally racist, doesn't mean others aren't.

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And there's always room for improvements. With the oppression of Black people being systematic, which means it's rooted within the foundations of our society, it's hard to undo hundreds of years worth of damage.

"Why is 'All Lives Matter' a racist statement?"

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I know for some of you, you don't mean harm when you say "All Lives Matter" right? Because the statement standing alone and out of context is true. All lives do in fact, matter. But here's where we need to look at the political history behind the phrase.

For those of you that aren't aware, this phrase was coined by racists to oppose BLM, that's why it's offensive.

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A whole group of racists saw Black Lives Matter and decided to shout this phrase at those fighting for equality in order to stand against them. So while we all understand that all lives do matter, using the phrase to take a stand against BLM is counter-productive.

You're not racist because you used the phrase out of context.

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But now, in very simplified terms, you've learned where it comes from and the next time you shout "All Lives Matter," think about where it comes from. Education and empathy are the perfect tools to find common ground with people you claim you're so different from.

So it's time to get educated.

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Don't use offensive or ignorant comments now that you know what they stand for.

BLM has recently gained much more traction in the past year.

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After the video of George Floyd being suffocated and killed by a police officer's knee went viral, many people across the globe were left rightfully outraged.

​But leading up to his death, 2 other similar incidents occurred...

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Healthcare professional, Breonna Taylor, was murdered in her own home by Louisville police officers who received a tip that her partner was involved in an alleged drug operation. Instead, the officers killed Breonna with multiple bullets while she was asleep.

And later, it was found that the police's incident report contained multiple errors about the incident.

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Breonna Taylor's killer received no legal convictions.

And who could forget about the death of Ahmaud Arbery?

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Ahmaud Arbery was out jogging in his neighborhood in February when he was chased down and confronted by Gregory and Travis McMichael.

He was then shot multiple times by the 2 white supremacists.

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They claimed that Ahmaud "looked like" someone that had been involved in burglaries, so took the liberty of being the judge, jury, and executioner, murdering the Black man in broad daylight.

They were only arrested weeks later after footage of the murder started circulating online.

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But imagine there was no footage? People would refuse to believe it even happened due to the callouses of the act.

Hell, even with footage, some people refuse to believe that it happened.

And this is because we've been conditioned to think racism died a long time ago.

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But it has not. And you can't blame Black people and other POC (people of color) for being angry. Their mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters are being murdered for the color of their skin. The question you should be asking yourselves is why are you not angry?

Half a century after Martin Luther King was shot fighting for racial equality, and here we are again.

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Black people are still being forced to fight for their basic human rights.

But even during such challenging times, we saw people come together to help the cause.

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People from all races and all backgrounds stood together, united.

And that's why the movement has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.

Norwegian representative, Petter Eide, nominated the movement, explaining that its global impact on the fight to end racial injustice has been substantial.

The Guardian quoted that the report said this:

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"I find that one of the key challenges we have seen in America, but also in Europe and Asia, is the kind of increasing conflict based on inequality."

"Black Lives Matter has become a very important worldwide movement to fight racial injustice."

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"They have had a tremendous achievement in raising global awareness and consciousness about racial injustice."

He continued:

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"They have been able to mobilize people from all groups of society, not just African-Americans, not just oppressed people, it has been a broad movement, in a way which has been different from their predecessors."

The representative also added that this was not to make a political statement.

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​He defended the movement against the claims it had been responsible for violence in the US saying: "Studies have shown that most of the demonstrations organized by Black Lives Matter have been peaceful."

The winner of the prize will be announced in October, with the award ceremony scheduled for December.

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Congratulations Black Lives Matter. This is well and truly deserved.

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