Missy Elliott makes white supremacists lose control.
Nathan Coflin started a Change.org petition to replace a Confederate monument in Portsmouth, Va., with a Missy Elliott statue.
“Together we can put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it,” Coflin writes in the petition, which is addressed to Portsmouth Mayor John Rowe.
Missy Elliot, aka Melissa Arnette Elliott, was born in Portsmouth in 1971.
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The petition details Elliott’s rise from “humble beginnings” in Portsmouth to becoming a platinum recording artist with over 30 million albums sold — “all this without even once owning a slave,” Coflin writes.
“Missy is all of us,” Coflin writes. “Missy is everything the Confederacy was not.”
The petition requires 15,000 supporters, and has amassed over 12,000 signatures so far.
Tensions over Confederate statues have begun to flare in the wake of a controversial Charlottesville rally where white nationalist James Fields killed counter-protestor Heather Heyer with his vehicle.
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President Trump defended alt-right demonstrators and voiced his support for preserving Confederate monuments, earning condemnations from both Democrats and Republicans.
“Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments,” Trump tweeted.
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