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A Virginia man wants to replace a Confederate monument with a statue of Missy Elliott

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There's been a lot of talk about removing Confederate monuments since last weekend's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent.

But, here's a suggestion you probably haven't heard yet: A man has started a Change.org petition to replace a Confederate monument in Portsmouth, Virginia, with a statue of rap legend Missy Elliott.

"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?" Nathan Coflin, the petition's creator, wrote.

The 46-year-old rapper is from Portsmouth and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1990.

Coflin argued that a statue of Elliott is appropriate because the rapper "is everything the Confederacy was not."

"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," Coflin wrote. "All this without even once owning a slave."

As of Sunday morning, Coflin's petition had more than 11,000 signatures.

So far, the rapper hasn't commented on the petition.

But hope is still alive for the campaign, which hopes to "put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it."

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