7-year-old pageant queen stripped of crown for not being Hispanic enough

Lil Miss Hispanic

Pageant officials in Delaware have stripped a 7-year-old girl of her pageant crown for reasons that can only be described as suspicious.

Jakiyah McKoy was crowned “Little Miss Hispanic Delaware” in Wilmington last month, but only for a short time, according to Fox News Latino. When her family was unable to provide paperwork proving her Latino heritage, pageant officials took back her award, sparking heated controversy.

Some questioned whether Jakiyah lost her crown because she’s black.

“We can’t have her be the queen if she doesn’t have the proper documentation,” Maria Perez, president of Nuestras Raices, the pageant’s sponsor, told Latino Rebel.com.

Apparently, these racial investigations can’t be done before all the pageantry takes place.

The dethroning spurred an online petition from writer Daniel Jose Older of Brooklyn, N.Y.. According to the petition, signed by over a 1,000 people so far:

“Jakiyah McKoy won the Little Miss Hispanic Delaware pageant but the sponsoring organization, Nuestras Raices Delaware, has blocked her win after an outcry from people claiming that, because she is Black, she is ‘not the best representative of Latin beauty.’”  Journalist Diaspora Dash has been following the story and reports that more info at her website.

Because of these complaints, pageant organizers asked Jakiyah’s family to prove that she is of Latin heritage, but they were unable to do so: Jakiyah’s late Dominican grandmother was undocumented. Meanwhile, none of the other, lighter skinned, competitors were subject to such an investigation.

This petition is to demand that Jakiyah McKoy keep her rightfully won crown, because her beauty represents us all.”

“Color had nothing to do with it,” Perez said. “We’re all Latinos. That’s why we’re so beautiful, because we come in all different colors.”

As a concession, Jakiyah was given runner-up status.

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Matt Labo

Matt writes from his home in New Jersey. He has been writing fiction and non-fiction for several years, and has a passion for politics and sports.
About Matt Labo

Matt writes from his home in New Jersey. He has been writing fiction and non-fiction for several years, and has a passion for politics and sports.

  • dabbobean

    This is wrong on so many levels……but my mom never gave me those papers proving I was a polish-Irish-swede either.

  • Ofnir

    If her family’s from Dominican Republic (oh, hay, it is), Haiti, or a couple other places in the Caribbean, Black people there are part of the Hispanic culture.
    What tended to happen is the Spaniards would work the native
    populations to death, then import slaves and force their cultural mores
    on them in ways and systems that made our system of slavery look
    amateurish and benign by comparison (it still wasn’t in actuality, but
    the Spaniards were far, far worse masters than the English colonies and
    America ever were).

    I had a student in one of the classes I was
    observing for methods (pre-student teaching observation and co-teaching)
    who was a Black Hispanic. It threw everyone off in Toledo because of
    African-American and Hispanic racial tensions. She didn’t fit in with
    the African-Americans culturally, but the HIspanics wanted nothing to do
    with her because she was visually Black (also culturally Caribbean
    instead of culturally Mexican or Central American, there is apparently a difference, though I do not know what exactly the difference entails).

    Also wonder what is “representative of Latin beauty” according to the people making that decision. If it’s what is traditionally considered “Latin beauty”, they’re talking about the upper-classes who tended to be the fair skinned descendents of Spanish aristocrats and administrators in the days of colonial rule.

  • goldengekko

    It should be a pre-requisite to obtain their ancestry papers during the selection of candidates. The Dominican grandmother, although illegal here, had to have ID papers from her country of origin. How well does this child speak Spanish? That would be another resource for her Latino heritage. But to have the pageant without this information and remove the child’s crown is the worst kind if Latino racism. QUE VERGUENZA!

  • David Kerr

    Bla bla bla bla bla Yawn!

  • Susan Gallardo

    I believe that its not the child’s fault why would her parents regardless of her skin color enter her on a competition like ” little miss Hispanic” if she was not. To take her crown after the fact
    Is another kind of wrong big time.

  • michelle colon

    find it kinda odd they cannot prove heritage..

  • imani1962

    If this little girl had entered into a contest that was predominantly white, and she was biracial, but looked black, and they took her crown for looking too black, this country would be in an uproar.

    White people cannot have a contest that is for whites only. Yet Hispanics who set themselves apart from blacks, have the right to perpetuate racism, because they are supposed to be minorities also.

    That is unfair. Where is Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson now? This is an act of blatant racism on the part of Hispanics, who don’t identify at all with blacks.

    I guess the black community is not getting involved because everyone knows, including the people at the pageant, that she is part Hispanic.

    This little girl could be any little girl in the African American community. So where is the outrage on the part of the African American community.

    She is part Dominican so she fits the requirement, but she is largely and for the most part: African American.

    Most African Americans are mixed. The African American community needs to stand behind this girl, the same way, they did for the injustice done to Trayvon Martin.

    I guess the only time the black community gets riled up if there is blatant racist discrimination of a white against a black.

    That is sad. This little girl needs signatures on her petition which can be found at:change.org.

    Sign her petition and send a message to the racist Hispanic community that there racism and discrimination will, not be tolerated in our country.