Virginia Town’s Residents Push For Replacing Confederate Monuments With Statue of Rapper

Portsmouth, Virginia is looking to go int a very different direction. The Virginia town’s residents are pushing the mayor to replace Confederate monuments with a state of rapper Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott. Elliott was born in the city of Portsmouth in 1971.

The petition has over 13,000 signatures.

Per Change.org:

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! 

Aren’t there some better options out there? Maybe Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall? How about Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King Jr? Nah, let’s go with a hip hop artist nicknamed “Misdemeanor.”

Virginia Town's residents, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Confederate Statues

“Missy is all of us,” they claim. “Missy is everything the Confederacy was not.”

Is this for real? Sometimes in this day and age it’s hard to differentiate parody from real life.

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