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    Posted: Sep 26 2013 at 10:36pm

Little Miss Hispanic Delaware loses title over racial complaints



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Jakiyah McKoy was stripped of her Little Miss Hispanic Delaware crown. (Photo courtesy of You Tube)

Seven-year-old Jakiyah McKoy was crowned Little Miss Hispanic Delaware two weeks ago but was soon forced to relinquish her title after concerns over her heritage led to an investigation and sparked a backlash.

The complaints reportedly came from pageant-goers who believed McKoy — who is black and was born in Brooklyn, NY — did not epitomize Latin beauty, according to Buzzfeed and Latino Rebels.

According to policy, the pageant participants are required to be of at least 25 percent Latino heritage.

McKoy allegedly qualified because her grandmother was born in the Dominican Republic but a pageant official admits that her family was asked to confirm her heritage after the organization was questioned on the issue. The other contestants were allegedly not asked to provide proof of their backgrounds.

“Her parents were asked to bring in documentation. Of all of the documentation brought in there was nothing that confirmed Dominican heritage,” Maria Perez, president of Nuestras Raíces Delaware, told Latino Rebels. Perez works for the organization that sponsors the pageant.

“Whenever we are questioned, we ask for them to bring that stuff in,” she added.

Perez said McKoy’s heritage could have been confirmed if it was indicated on her mother’s birth certificate.

“The mother said she didn’t want to go through it,” said Perez.

Instead, the pageant winner’s family submitted documentation of guardianship provided by the state. According to earlier reports, proof of her grandmother’s heritage was difficult to confirm since she had passed away.

“We can’t have her be the queen if she doesn’t have the proper documentation,” Perez said. “It’s not the first time that we’ve been confronted with the [burden of proof]. It’s happened in the past and they’ve brought in the proof and we were satisfied with it.”

However, Perez speculated that McKoy’s family sparked and spread “rumors” that Jakiyah’s removal was because she was black.

Eventually, McKoy was stripped of her crown and now stands as the runner-up of the pageant — but one Brooklyn resident is fighting for McKoy to keep her title and has launched a petition.

“This petition is to demand that Jakiyah McKoy keep her rightfully won crown, because her beauty represents us all,” the petition, launched by Daniel Jose Older on Change.org, reads.

The petition has amassed over 450 signatures so far. Meanwhile, Perez denies that  McKoy’s race played a role in her demotion and added that several of the pageant’s former winners have been both black and Hispanic.

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

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep 26 2013 at 10:37pm
How does one provide documentation of their heritage?Confused
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep 26 2013 at 10:42pm
That makes my blood boil! shoot my Mom is Mexican and on my birth certificate it says Mother White, Father Black, but that was the 80's.. poor baby, you are beautiful, run for lil miss black Delaware.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep 26 2013 at 10:42pm
Ooh...the ignorance.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep 26 2013 at 10:43pm
If its that serious shouldn't it be something they checked prior to the competition...I guess they werent expecting her to win. ....hmm
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep 26 2013 at 10:43pm
They weren't concerned until after she had won though. 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep 26 2013 at 10:45pm
Originally posted by **Sk!TtLeS B** **Sk!TtLeS B** wrote:

How does one provide documentation of their heritage?Confused
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep 26 2013 at 10:54pm
Very beautiful girl. I wonder what her father is...
I mean we have haoles walking around with feathers in their hair and named after the forest claiming to be Native American, so I don't see what the problem is. I swear, we can't have sh!t these days. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep 26 2013 at 10:55pm
Originally posted by carolina cutie carolina cutie wrote:

Originally posted by **Sk!TtLeS B** **Sk!TtLeS B** wrote:

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LOL, srsly though. Did they want her family to get one of those NatGeo tests to prove that she had some Spanish blood? I dont understand!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep 26 2013 at 11:10pm
Originally posted by Gkisses Gkisses wrote:

If its that serious shouldn't it be something they checked prior to the competition...I guess they werent expecting her to win. ....hmm




I just said this to my cousin like 2 minutes ago.
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