Little Pageant Queen Dethroned After Complaints Arise the Winner is Black And Not Latin Enough!

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

I cannot express in words how angry I am about this situation here. Another pageant problem surfaces because the winner was born with brown skin. But this time I am really really hurt by all of the nonsense because the beauty queen is a minor, a 7-year-old girl from Wilmington, Delaware.


Jakiya McKoy beat several little girls in the competition and won the title of Little Miss Hispanic Delaware.

“Pageant sponsors Nuestras Raices Delaware (Our Roots) blocked her win after an outcry from people claiming that, because she is Black, she is not the best representative of Latin beauty.”


“Jakiyah has been left devastated after Nuestras Raices Delaware ruled there was no proof she had at least 25% Latina blood.”

“The title is now pending while the committee ‘investigates’ Jakiyah’s heritage. Meanwhile, none of the other competitors were subject to such an investigation.”

“Nuestra Raices Delaware president Maria Parez, however, denied the allegations of racism.”

OOOOO this makes me so mad! When I read the New York Daily News article I had flash backs of racist comments Latin people made to me from when I was a little girl to an adult. At 10-years-old a Puerto Rican man said straight to my face that he didn’t want me to play with his daughters because I was Black! As an adult I dated a Puerto Rican man and he told me a group of little kids performing a Latin dance at an event we attended couldn’t be of Spanish heritage because they were too dark! That relationship didn’t last long.

It’s a shame how uneducated people are, to this day, about their own heritage. I have friends and sorority sisters that possess Honduras, Costa Rican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Venezuelan ancestry and their color ranges from brown, dark brown to dark skin. They are all proud Latinas and will beat you down if you tell them they are not! And guess what? I know several light skinned Latinos who have at least one Black parent, who is also Latin, so why are there complaints about the way Jakiyah looks???

This is what really pisses me off. No one questioned Jakiyah’s ancestry when she entered the competition. In order to enter her folks had to pay a pageant fee and other expenses that come with pageantry. SO it seems to me that Nuestras Raices Delaware didn’t mind taking her parent’s money to compete because they didn’t think she would win!

I know people who have absolutely NO Latin ancestry and are often mistaken for Spanish by Spanish because their skin is light. How ridiculous is that! Therefore, all of the girls should be investigated not just the brown skin girl who won!

Jakiyah’s grandmother was from the Dominican Republic, which makes her 25% Latin, but passed away and there is no documentation of her origin.

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3 Responses to “Little Pageant Queen Dethroned After Complaints Arise the Winner is Black And Not Latin Enough!”

  1. Gil Avalos says:
    October 19th, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    The truth is she really doesn’t look hispanic at all. The judges made an extremely bad call crowning her for the title to begin with. To top it offshw didn’t even provide proof that she has any hispanic heritage to begin with.

  2. Permed to Natural says:
    October 21st, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Can you please tell me what does an Hispanic look like? And, like I said in my post, the pageant should have asked for her heritage documents before her parents paid her entry fee.

  3. Cassandra says:
    November 3rd, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    Weird…..It seems if her heritage was an issue, why let her enter the contest. She could have proved it then at the beginning, when her family filled out the contest application, (which I am sure comes with a fee).
    It is obvious they (other contestants parents) thought she wouldn’t win because she was brown skinned, but they didn’t count on the Judges voting in her favor.
    Too bad that adults would do this to children.

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