Confederate statues around the country have been causing much controversy lately and apparently a hip-hop fan in Missy Elliott’s hometown of Portsmouth, Va. agrees with the removal of outdated statues so much that he's started a petition in hopes of replacing them with a statue of the iconic hip-hop artist.
Billboard reports that Nathan Coflin, who is also from Portsmouth, has been in charge of the petition to put up a Missy Elliot statue, and has already collected over 27,000 signatures as of Tuesday morning. The current number is a few thousand over his original goal of 25,000 signatures, in hopes of replacing the oppressive stone reminders with a statue of Elliott, who Coflin refers to as a true Portsmouth native hero.
“Hailing from humble beginnings as the only child of a power company dispatcher and a welder at Portsmouth's lauded naval shipyard,” the petition reads. “She rose to become a platinum recording artist with over 30-million albums sold. All this without even once owning a slave.”
In a letter that is set to be delivered to Portsmouth’s Mayor John L. Rowe alongside the signed petition, the people of the Virginia town get straight to the point on why Elliott deserves to be permanently immortalized.
“She encapsulates the diversity and spirit of the fine City of Portsmouth in a way we should celebrate and honor,” it says in the letter. “Missy represents what the city is about! Inclusion, perseverance, and prosperity. There is no local trailblazer more deserving!”
Flip it and reverse it Mr. Mayor!