Virginia Man Proposes Replacing Confederate Monument With Statue Of Missy Elliott

“Together we can put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it.”

In response to last week’s violent “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, a Virginia resident has proposed that a Confederate monument be replaced by a statue of hip-hop icon Missy Elliott, WTKR reports.

Nathan Coflin created a petition urging Portsmouth Mayor John Rowe to swap out the offending monument in Olde Towne with a tribute to a “true Portsmouth native hero.”

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Coflin, who plans to present the petition to Rowe and other City Council members, is less than 4,000 signatures away from reaching his goal of 15,000.

“Before she was ’Missy Misdemeanor’ she was Melissa Arnette Elliott, born on July 1, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia,” Coflin writes. “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?” Coflin continues. “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.”

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

Hundreds of protesters from various white nationalist organizations and other right-wing groups convened in Charlottesville last weekend for the “Unite the Right” rally, organized in protest of the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a public park. Three people were killed and many others were injured.

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