Why the 2020 Olof Palme Prize went to Black Lives Matter
The recipient of the 2020 Olof Palme Prize for 2020, Black Lives Matter, can be described as logical against the background of the movement’s composition and its respective individual positions or expressed sympathies, positions supporting totalitarian states or membership in alternative movement organizations with explicit Marxist or anti-Semitic values.
The civil rights organization Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation receives the 2020 Olof Palme Prize. Olof Palme’s Memorial Fund explains the reason in writing.
“Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation works for peaceful civil disobedience against police brutality and racist violence throughout the whole world. The BLM movement, in the broadest sense, has uniquely highlighted the African-American minority’s vulnerability, pain, and anger over not being valued like people of other skin colors.”
The Black Lives Global Network Foundation is a decentralized movement that was founded by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi. The trio were reacting to Trayvon Martin’s death and the subsequent police investigation.
The movement grew strongly after the protests in Ferguson in 2014, and last summer had an enormous international impact in connection with the protests against the police intervention that led to George Floyd’s death.
Among prizewinners from previous years are the Holocaust survivors Hedi Fried and Emerich Roth, the author John Le Carre, the whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and Rosa Taikon.
The prize is awarded annually for an especially significant effort in the spirit of Olof Palme. The prize is awarded, whenever possible, on Olof Palme’s birthday, January 30. The Olof Palme Prize consists of a diploma and a monetary award of US$100,000.
Black Lives Matter’s anti-Semitic and violent history
The BLM movement has a close connection and cooperation with the BDS movement: Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions, directed against the state of Israel. The BDS movement’s warmest advocate is Anna Karin Hammar, of the Swedish Church. The BDS movement has been classified by German Chancellor Angela Merkel as an anti-Semitic organization.