Missy Elliot is pretty dope, we can all agree.
What’s even more dope is that there’s a petition with over 28,000 signatures to replace a Confederate statue in Portsmouth, Virginia, Elliot’s hometown, with a statue of the rapper.
The Petition, organized by Missy Elliott fan Nathan Coflin on Change.org, both praises Elliott for being a hometown hero and fights against the white supremacy that the statue represents.
“Missy is all of us,” Coflin wrote. “Missy is everything the Confederacy was not.”
“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 asks. ”
“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,” the petition continues, quoting the lyrics of Elliott’s “Work It.”
With the movement to take down confederate statues across the country gaining momentum, there’s bound to be replacements. Why not have one be Missy Elliott?