SMH. So she was “Latina” enough to compete but too black to win?
Little Miss Hispanic Delaware has been stripped of her title — for not being Latina enough.
Jakiyah McKoy, 7, has been left devastated after pageant sponsors Nuestras Raices Delaware ruled there was no proof she had at least 25% Latina blood.
Her family claims a grandparent was from the Dominican Republic — but without any documentation, the distraught beauty queen had to forfeit her crown.
The McKoys are now claiming it is the girl’s darker skin — and not a lack of documentation — that is the reason her reign was cut short.
The claim led Daniel Jose Older to set up a Change.org petition.
“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,'” he wrote.
“The title is now pending while the committee ‘investigates’ Jakiyah’s heritage. Meanwhile, none of the other competitors were subject to such an investigation,” he added.
Nuestra Raices President Maria Parez, however, denied the allegations of racism.
“Color has nothing to do with it,” she told Latino Rebels. “We’re all Latinos. That’s why we’re so beautiful because we come in all different colors.”
“Her parents were asked to bring in documentation. Of all of the documentation brought in there’s nothing to confirm Dominican heritage,” she added.
They ought to be ashamed. They could have told them that before she ever competed. How do people do something like this to a 7-year-old!
El Tiempo Hispano/Change.org