In many cities across the country, many confederate statues have begun to come down since the attack in Charlottesville. What will they replace the statues with? We don’t know. But in Virginia, a fan of Missy Elliott wants the Confederate Monument in Olde Towne Portsmouth replaced with her. Nathan Coflin started a petition to get the ball rolling to get Missy’s statue up.
“We believe it is time to finally replace the Confederate Monument in Olde Towne Portsmouth Virginia near the intersection of Court and High streets with a new statue of a true Portsmouth native hero. 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.
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. Ycamerpus Etihw!
Missy is all of us.
Missy is everything the Confederacy was not.
At the moment, the petition has over 27,000 signatures. You can sign the signature HERE.