Missy Elliott is one of Virginia’s most notable exports and a new petition has been to launched to recognize this formally.
Find out how this links to the recent violence in the region over confederate monuments below…
Headed up by fan Nathan Coflin, the aim of the cause is to have a statue of Missy erected in place of confederate monument.
As widely reported, white supremacists and neo-Nazi’s caused chaos last week in the state after unleashing violent attacks on those who peacefully opposed their hate.
Explaining more in the Change.org petition (which has thus far received 14,975 signatures), Coflin wrote:
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.
Agree? Click here to sign the petition!