Little Miss Hispanic Delaware Failed to Provide Proof of Heritage, Says Nuestras Raíces President

Maria Perez, President of Nuestras Raíces Delaware, the organization that sponsors the Little Miss Hispanic Delaware beauty pageant, spoke to Latino Rebels to address outfall in response to reports that recently crowned seven-year-old Jakiyah McKoy had been stripped of her title because of her skin color.


“We were giving her the benefit of the doubt,” said Perez. “She joined the pageant and of course one of the things is you have to be of 25 percent Latino heritage.

“Her parents were asked to bring in documentation. Of all of the documentation brought in there was nothing that confirmed Dominican heritage.”

Perez insisted that her Dominican heritage would have been indicated on her mother’s birth certificate. “The mother said she didn’t want to go through it,” said Perez. The family opted instead to bring in New York state documentation of guardianship.

Previous reports had cited McKoy’s grandmother as the alleged source of Hispanic heritage, and that she had been unable to provide the necessary proof because her undocumented relative was deceased.  Her family requested a formal inquiry by the state of New York into the grandmother’s heritage.

“Nothing came up,” according to Perez. “There is no information on this deceased woman.”

“We can’t have her be the queen if she doesn’t have the proper documentation,” she 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.”

Many, however, have questioned why McKoy was asked to provide proof of heritage to begin with while other contestants were not.

“Whenever we are questioned, we ask for them to bring that stuff in,” said the president of Nuestras Raíces. When questioned whether or not the reason for the skepticism over Jakiyah’s heritage was racially motivated, Perez denied all implications.

“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.”

Perez went on to cite several previous contestants who have been crowned in the past who were both black and Hispanic, including Leslie Rozario of Dominican heritage who won the ‘big girl’ pageant several years ago.

“The little girl that won is Mexican and American,” said Perez. Other previous winners have been Puerto Rican and Italian, and French and Puerto Rican, among other combinations. “All beautiful and different nationalities.”

The Nuestras Raíces president went on to speculate that the rumors that Jakiyah had been stripped of her title because she was black had been started by the McKoy family themselves.

“It seems to be that it’s all coming from her side of the family,” she said.

McKoy wound up a runner-up for the pageant in spite of her failure to provide proper documentation.

“All the little girls got crowned,” said Perez. “I feel so bad for [Jakiyah] because she is getting put in the middle of this and that’s exactly what we wanted to avoid.”

Tell Us What You Think!
rikimaru says:

An exact representation of the universe, of its evolution, of the development of mankind and of the reflection of this evolution in the minds of men, can only be obtained by methods of dialectics.The goal of<a href=”” title=’agen bandarq’>Agen bandarq</a><br />Russia is in the<a href=”” title=’domino online’>Domino Online</a><br />first instance a<a href=””title=’agen bandarq’>agen Bandarq </a><br />World-Revolution.<a href=”” title=’bandar domino99>Bandar domino99 </a>The nucleus<a href=”” title=agen domino online’>agen domino online </a>of opposition<a href=”” title=’agen domino online’>agen domino online </a>to such plans is to be found in the capitalist powers, England and France in the first instance, with America close behind them. <a href=”” tilte=’agen bandarq>Agen Bandarq</a><br />

rikimaru says:

We are not denying and we are not afraid confess, this war is our war and that it is waged for the liberation of Jewry…Stronger than all fronts “ together is our front, that of Jewry. We are not only giving this war our financial support on which the entire war production is based. We are not only providing our full propaganda power which is the moral energy that keeps this war going. The guarantee of victory is predominantly based on weakening the enemy forces, on destroying them in their own country, within the resistance. And we are the Trojan Horses in the enemy’s fortress. Thousands of Jews living in Europe constitute the principal factor in the <a href=””>Agen Togel Online</a> destruction of our enemy. There, our front is a fact

Black Army Vet says:

And they wonder why blacks hate Mexicans and other Hispanics who are more racist than the KKK.  I do love Ricans though