After a Violent Summer, Black Lives Matter Doesn't Deserve a Nobel Prize | Opinion

American cities burned, businesses were looted and innocent civilians were beaten and murdered. Summer 2020 was like no other thanks to the Black Lives Matter movement, which inspired radical activists to take to the streets in the name of fighting police brutality and injustice.

Despite that historic civil unrest, the BLM movement somehow earned a nomination for a Nobel peace prize.

While the BLM movement didn't intend to lay siege to cities and create incalculable tragedy for people and businesses, that's exactly what it did. The nation's most extreme activists felt called by the movement to literally fight and riot. That's decidedly unpeaceful and it shouldn't be ignored for a feel-good nomination.

So how does the movement earn a peace prize nomination?

Petter Eide, a Norwegian member of parliament, made the nomination. He told The Guardian that he credits BLM for its "tremendous achievement in raising global awareness and consciousness about racial injustice."

It certainly raised awareness for its cause, though the messages adopted unmistakably controversial positions. They perverted what could have been a peaceful movement based on a message most anyone could get behind. There is little doubt that black lives matter—that's not in dispute, no matter what race-baiting politicians may claim. But the BLM movement did so much more than ask for equality.

The movement has been mired in anti-police rhetoric, attracting Antifa criminals and Marxist radicals. They weren't merely calling for police reform; many were seeking its abolition. And to get their way, they were willing to burn down a police station in Minneapolis, illegally occupy a police precinct in Seattle, go to war with police in Portland and coordinate a vicious attack on police in Chicago.

In all these cities and others, police routinely came under physical assault by BLM adherents.

Several NYPD officers were assaulted in New York City on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. After several hundred protesters crossed the Brooklyn bridge peacefully, the march turned violent in Manhattan when the crowd refused to stop blocking the streets. Scuffles broke out, a captain was hit in the head with a bottle and 10 officers were injured.

In Seattle, a hotbed of criminal activism, Antifa and other radicals tried to burn officers alive inside a police precinct. Activists used quick-dry cement to seal the main entrance to the building, while others tried to set the station on fire. Thankfully, it wasn't successful. The U.S. attorney for western Washington identified and charged one man with conspiracy to commit arson. Desmond David-Pitts, 20, pled guilty and now faces up to five years in prison.

The movement didn't only target cops. There was a rash of incidents of BLM marchers harassing and bullying strangers trying to go about their day.

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Protestors stand as mattresses are set on fire in front of the North Precinct Police building in Portland, Oregon Getty

A mob of BLM protesters swarmed one woman at a restaurant in D.C. They angrily demanded she raise her fist in solidarity, while chanting, "White silence is violence!"

In a similar incident in Pittsburgh, a man harassed diners, stole a beer from an elderly couple and shouted obscenities towards white people, and three agitators were charged for harassment.

Meanwhile, near Kansas City, homeowners say they were harassed and faced intimidation tactics when they asked a rowdy BLM protest to leave their neighborhood. They say they faced doxxing and a suspicious truck stalking the neighborhood. They even claim they were followed.

In Seattle, BLM marchers targeted white homeowners for harassment, demanding they leave their homes and pay reparations. Other neighborhoods are simply taunted by the BLM mobs to get "Out of your homes and into the streets!"

Some unscrupulous media members and politicians claimed the movement was "mostly peaceful" even as buildings burned behind their live reporting. To help amplify such claims, the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) released a study showing 93 percent of the 10,600 BLM protests they tracked were, in fact, peaceful.

Taken on its face, 7 percent of 10,600 is a large number of violent, illegal protests that shouldn't be downplayed. Indeed, of that 7 percent, the vast majority (88 percent) involved BLM activists. But even a casual review of the data shows its limitations—and bias.

ACLED, which expressed solidarity with the very social justice demonstrations it studied, under-counted violent rallies. In Seattle, for example, while it noted that the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone emerged violently in June, it claimed "only peaceful protests were recorded during the intervening period."

ACLED must have missed the mob of protesters that attacked a local business, threatening to burn it down, in the early morning of June 14. Plus, two months later, two protests that included plenty of vandalism and black bloc Antifa thugs weren't even included in the data set. How many more did it miss?

BLM supporters have argued that their tactics are necessary and their cause is justified. You won't get them to change their minds—so be it. But to claim that somehow this movement deserves a Nobel peace prize is untenable.

Some may wonder if such a transparently pandering nomination for BLM will make it far. I hope reason prevails and that the Nobel committee rejects the nomination. But this is the same organization that gave President Barack Obama a Nobel peace prize less than a year into his presidency, sans any accomplishments on peace (and before he used a drone strike to take out an American citizen overseas).

Rewarding such violent behavior sends the wrong message, especially when too few BLM activists did anything meaningful to keep the peace or condemn the violence. It says violence is the answer, a position anyone can abuse to further their own political agenda. Should we legitimize that view? I sure hope not.

Jason Rantz is a frequent guest on Fox News and is the host of the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH Seattle, heard weekday afternoons. You can subscribe to his podcast here and follow him on Twitter: @jasonrantz.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.