Petition started to replace Confederate statue with sculpture of Missy Elliot
With the nationwide campaign to remove Confederate monuments growing in popularity, different strategies are coming to the forefront. Most statues are just being removed as quickly as possible with no future plans announced for the spots where they once rested. A resident of Portsmouth, Va. may have come up with a great idea.
According to WTKR, Nathan Coflin of Portsmouth has started a Change.org petition to replace a Confederate statue with a celebrity the city can proudly claim as its own – Missy Elliott.
“Getting this statue put up will be a lot of work and you may ask yourself is it worth it?” Coflin wrote on the Change.org page. “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.”
As of this writing, the petition has more than 23,000 supporters. Coffin plans to send the petition to the city’s mayor, vice mayor and multiple council members to consider the idea.
Whose to say that multi-platinum rappers and producers can’t be used as beacons of the community? If this idea goes any further, what Missy image should be immortalized? I personally vote we go with the iconic black trash bag look from the “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” video.