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Black world welcomes Obama’s peace prize

Baratin-ObamakingThe Black world welcomed the announcement today that President Barack Obama had been awarded the Nobel peace prize, in contrast to the scepticism from many mainstream commentators

Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke for many when he said the award “speaks to the promise of President Obama’s message of hope.”

Social networking sites like Facebook were flooded with congratulations towards Obama, particularly from communities who had been most inspired by his election victory last November to believe that anything is possible.

Obama beat a wide variety of other candidates for the prize, including Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, a Colombian senator, and a Chinese dissident.

In awarding the prize to Obama, the committee said:

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.”

However Britain’s more progressive mainstream media gave a cool reaction, with the Guardian quoting a number of people criticising the award.

The Nobel Prize could well divide opinion along race grounds on both sides of the Atlantic. We hope this is not the case, but early indications are that Black people are much more likely to be overjoyed at the decision.

Obama follows Dr. Ralph Bunche and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to become the third Black American to be awarded the prestigious international award.

Though just nine months into his office, the Nobel Committee suggested its awarding President Obama the Peace Prize was due to his work to change the tone and climate of international relations. The decision to award President Obama the Peace Prize was unanimous among members of the selection committee.


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