Musical icon Missy Elliott is the kind of American hero we need to be celebrating, so it comes as no surprise that there is a petition circling to replace a Confederate monument in Portsmouth, Virginia with a statue of the city’s most famous daughter, the “Work It” icon.
As of now, the petition has over 16,000 signatures. While a statue of Elliott feels like a long shot, how amazing would it be if the amount of people who showed up to combat the white supremacist “free speech” rally in Boston signed and Elliott was immortalized for generations to come. Maybe she could be wearing her infamous trash bag look?
The petition’s author, Nathan Coflin, makes a convincing argument:
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!
Sign the petition here.