Ever since violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia that tragically left one woman dead and dozens others injured after a car plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters driven by a white nationalist, the country has been mired in a debate over Confederate statues and what to do with them.
While many are approaching the issue of Confederate statues seriously, others decided to approach it with some levity. An online petition is calling for the removal of the Confederate monument in Portsmouth, Virginia to be replaced with a statue of rapper and singer Missy Elliott.
Elliott, 46, born Melissa Arnette Elliott, is from Portsmouth, and is easily the town’s most well-known celebrity, producing hit after hit in the 90s and early-to-mid-2000s.
“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,” the petition reads. “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?”
The petition has accumulated over 26,000 supporters with a goal of reaching 35,000. Other petitions set up online include carving rappers Big Boi and André 3000 from Outkast onto the face of Stone Mountain (just east of Atlanta, Georgia) riding in a Cadillac. It has over 14,000 signatures.
Besides protesters tearing down a statue of a Confederate leader in front of the Old Durham County courthouse in Durham, North Carolina, lawmakers and even universities have moved forward in taking down statues. Baltimore and the University of Texas each removed four statues under the cover of night, and Duke University removed a statue of Robert E. Lee.
The petition continued. “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.”