Pageants are truly ridiculous. Children pageants are even more absurd. But ok, there’s such a thing as the Little Miss Hispanic Delaware (or Miss Chiquita Delaware) and a 7-year-old girl was stripped of her crown for not being the best (ideal) representative of a “Latin beauty” (i.e. straight hair, fair skin, narrow nose).
According to Latin Times, there was a tumultuous disorder when Jakiyah McKoy was announced as the winner because, according to the public, she did not appear Latino enough. The new Miss Chiquita Delaware was born in Brooklyn, New York and her grandmother was born in the providence of La Vega in the Dominican Republic.
Maria Perez, president of Nuestras Raíces Delaware, the organization that finances the pageant, said Jakiyah’s family was asked to provide proof (or documentation), which is part of the regulation to partake in (participants must adhere to the 25 percent Latino heritage rule).
Her parents were asked to bring in documentation. Of all of the documentation brought in there was nothing that confirmed Dominican heritage.
Perez pointed out that the child’s Dominican heritage would have been indicated on her mother’s birth certificate.
The mother said she didn’t want to go through it.
I wonder why.
Playing into this whole title –– why was the child even let to compete if she didn’t have the right documents in the first place? Obviously, proof of heritage was not as important before.
After being questioned if the skepticism over Jakiyah’s heritage was racially motivated, Perez assured media that it had nothing to do with color.
Color has nothing to do with it. We’re all Latinos. That’s why we’re so beautiful because we come in all different colors.
But one Daniel José Older didn’t buy it. He’s petitioning, via Change.org, that Jakiyah keep her crown.