Thousands Petition to Replace a Confederate Monument With a Statue of Missy Elliott

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Missy Elliott performs onstage during FYF 2017 on July 21, 2017 in Los Angeles.

Since her debut in the '90s, Missy Elliott's contributions to hip-hop have shaped the culture, making her one of the most influential figures in the genre and a hometown hero for Portsmouth, VA. In an effort to celebrate Missy's accomplishments, one VA resident launched a petition to replace a Confederate monument in the state with a statue of the pioneering rapper. 

Spearheaded by Portsmouth native, Nathan Coflin, the petition -- which has already racked up over 22,000 signatures -- seeks to "put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it," by removing the current Confederate monument and replacing it with "a true Portsmouth native hero." At press time the petition was only 2,000 signatures shy of reaching its goal of 25,000. The campaign surfaced just days after the Charlottesville, Virginia, protest that resulted in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuries to 19 more during a rally by white supremacists and neo-Nazis marching against the proposed removal of a state of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. 

"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," reads the petition. "Missy is all of us. Missy is everything the Confederacy was not."

Read more about the campaign here