Nathan Coflin of Portsmouth, Virginia, doesn’t like the Confederate monument at the center of Court and High streets in town.

But rather than lead a mob to topple it, he started a petition to replace it — with a statue of native daughter Missy Elliott, the rapper, dancer and record producer.

Five days after being posted, the petition was just shy of its goal: 25,000 signatures.

“Getting this statue put up will be a lot of work and you may ask yourself is it worth it?” wrote Coflin. “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 letter to Portsmouth Mayor John L. Rowe and the City Council reads:

“We the proud residents, workers, and general lovers of Portsmouth urge the immediate replacement of the Confederate Monument at the center of Court and High Streets with a statue to honor Portsmouth native Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ Elliott.

“She encapsulates the diversity and spirit of the fine City of Portsmouth in a way we should celebrate and honor. Missy represents what the city is about! Inclusion, perseverance, and prosperity. There is no local trailblazer more deserving! No figure that would pay tribute to the city more.”

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