A new petition to replace a Confederate monument with a statue of Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ Elliott has gained over 25,000 signatures in a day.
The petition’s author wants a Confederate statue in Olde Town Portsmouth, Virginia to be taken down and replaced with a statue of “a true Portsmouth native hero.”
Nathan Coflin, who also hails from Portsmouth, started the petition, which explains:
“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?’”
Missy Elliott has some damn impressive accomplishments as the petition highlights.
“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.”
This is some pretty sterling logic from Coflin and the rest of the organizers behind the petition.
Most impressive is the author’s use of Missy Elliott lyrics to subvert white supremacy.
“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.”
Missy Elliott is a national treasure, let alone a Virginian one.
At first this just seems like a funny joke to bring a little levity to a debate that has turned ugly and polarized recently. But honestly this is a great fucking idea.
Replace confederate monuments with Americans that actually contributed to the greatness of the country as opposed to traitorous LOSERS.
In the words of this great petition, “together we can put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it.”
At time of writing, the petition is less than 7,000 people short of its goal. Peep it here.