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Thousands in petition to replace Confederate monument with Missy Elliott statue

It took just four days for the campaign to reach 10,000 signatures.

A petition to have a statue of rapper Missy Elliott replace a Confederate monument in Virginia has been signed by more than 10,000 people.

The author of the campaign, Nathan Coflin, said that “Missy is everything the Confederacy was not”, and that he wishes to “put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it”.

He said that the Work It hitmaker’s likeness should “finally replace the Confederate monument in Olde Towne, Portsmouth, Virginia, near the intersection of Court and High streets”.

Missy Elliott was born in the Virginia town, and Mr Coflin’s petition described her as “a true native Portsmouth hero”.

The Change.org petition read: “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?

“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.”

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Missy Elliot

Mr Coflin continued: “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.

“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 honor of Missy Elliott and all those in the great City of Portsmouth who work it each and every day.”

Mr Coflin intends to give the petition to Portsmouth’s Mayor John L Rowe for consideration.

The campaign for a Missy Elliott statue reached 10,000 signatures just a week after a woman died in the Virginia town of Charlottesville as white supremacists descended on the city to protest around the statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee.

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