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Patriot Petitions to Replace Confederate Monument with Missy Elliott Statue

"She rose to become a platinum recording artist with over 30 million albums sold. All this without even once owning a slave."

by Alex Robert Ross
21 August 2017, 8:48am

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This article originally appeared on Noisey US.

A true American patriot has started an online petition to have the confederate monument in Portsmouth, Virginia, replaced by a statue of rapper, icon, and Portsmouth native, Missy Elliot. As of Sunday morning, the petition is just a few dozen signatures away from its target of 10,000.

"Who better to encapsulate the culture and spirit of the city enshrined in a new monument than Grammy Award winning rapper, dancer, and record producer Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott?," Nathan Coflin writes on the petition's change.org page. "Before she was 'Missy Misdemeanor' she was Melissa Arnette Elliott, born on July 1, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia. Hailing from humble beginnings as the only child of a power company dispatcher and a welder at Portsmouth's lauded naval shipyard, she rose to become a platinum recording artist with over 30 million albums sold. All this without even once owning a slave."

Coflin goes on to indulge in some wordplay which, at this point, he's earned. "Getting this statue put up will be a lot of work and you may ask yourself is it worth it? I say yes and ask you to join me in letting us work it."

Wait, he's not done. "Together we can put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it. Let us come together in getting City Council to erect this statue in honour of Missy Elliott and all those in the great City of Portsmouth who work it each and every day."

You can sign the petition by clicking here. When petition hits its target, it will be sent to the Mayor, Vice Mayor, and city council of Portsmouth.

Alex Robert Ross is on Twitter.