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Petition Launched to Replace Confederate Monument With Missy Elliott Statue

August 21, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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With the status of Confederate monuments dominating headlines, one Virginia resident has launched a petition to replace a local such monument in Portsmouth. Nathan Coflin’s petition to replacing a Confederate monument with a statue of Missy Elliott has garnered 26,100 signatures to date.

The petition states that its goal is to “put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it,” referencing Elliot’s “Work It” single. Elliot is a native of Portsmouth.

“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,” reads the petition. “Missy is all of us. Missy is everything the Confederacy was not.”

The petition first launched four days ago and is directed to Portsmouth mayor John L. Rowe, as well as the city’s vice mayor and council.

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