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A Virginia Man Is Petitioning To Replace A Confederate Monument With A Statue Of Missy Elliott

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

Posted on August 20, 2017, at 2:46 p.m. ET

This is rapper, producer, and platinum recording artist Missy Elliott.

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And this is a statue of an old white dude that fought to keep his slaves.

An online petition is now calling for that statue (and the 35-foot monument it's part of) in Portsmouth, Virginia, to be torn down and replaced with one of Missy Elliott — and the internet is here for it.


Virginia resident Nathan Coflin created the petition four days ago, and Twitter quickly took notice.

@KarsinXXX @NathanKnope @savannah_landau @13NewsNow I never signed something so quick

As Coflin explains in the petition, Missy was actually born and raised in Portsmouth — which he believes makes her much more deserving of a statue than some random Confederate general:

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.

And based on the response he's received so far, a lot of people agree with Coflin.

"Together we can put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it." I'm here for a @MissyElliott monument!…

A statue of Missy Elliott to replace a Confederate monument? Uhm, that works fine too. 👌

missy elliott has done 100 times more for the people of america than any confederate general

Important questions have been asked, and properly answered.

@ValerieComplex @thefader @MissyElliott Depends. I love the yellow jumpsuit "Supa Dupa Fly" era but I am concerned…

Coflin is reaching out to Missy stans from all walks of life.

Please sign the petition if you have any of the following: -Cute face -Chubby waist -Thick legs (in shape) -Rump shaking (both ways) Thanks

And Missy Elliott herself has even weighed in a few times:

@DrPhilGoff I don't know what to say🙏🏾 just to see this warms my heart and it's so humbling to me🙏🏾

"I love history, but unfortunately history is full of both the good and the bad," Coflin told BuzzFeed. "I really thought honoring a contemporary piece of Portsmouth history would be a refreshing change."

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"I really hope [Mayor John Rowe] and the rest of City Council could see why making this bold and trailblazing move would put Portsmouth on the map," he added. "Just how Missy put Portsmouth on the map when she won her Grammy awards."

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The petition has amassed over 12,000 signatures in just a few days. When it reaches 15,000, it will be sent to Portsmouth city officials for consideration.

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You can view the petition here.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.