Let Jakiyah Keep Her Crown
  • Petitioned Maria Perez or Jorge Pizarro

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Nuestras Raices Delaware
Maria Perez or Jorge Pizarro

Let Jakiyah Keep Her Crown

    1. Daniel José Older
    2. Petition by

      Daniel José Older

      Brooklyn, NY

Jakiyah McKoy is a 7-year-old who was recently named the winner of the Little Miss Hispanic Delaware pageant. After complaints that Jakiyah's beauty doesn't "represent Latino beauty" because she is Afrolatina, Nuestras Raices Delaware, the organization sponsoring the pageant, withheld her title pending an investigation of her heritage, an investigation which none of the other contestants were subjected to.

The contest requires 25% Latino heritage to qualify but since Jakiyah's Dominican grandmother has died and came to this country undocumented, the family was unable to provide proof and Nuetras Raices took Jakiyah's crown away. 

I was outraged when I heard about Jakiyah's story. When Jakiyah won, she walked on stage to a huge applause, smiling with her crown. Again and again, we see racism dividing us and damaging our children.

Please join me in demanding that Jakiyah rightfully keep the crown she won, because her beauty represents us all.

To:
Maria Perez or Jorge Pizarro, Nuestras Raices Delaware
Let Jakiyah Keep Her Crown.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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      • about 1 month ago

      It seems to me that had she been Caucasian, her roots wouldn't be questioned. Latin America and Hispanic culture need to.address racism and discrimination in Spanish speaking counted.

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    • John Jeffery WASHINGTON, DC
      • 4 months ago

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      Maria Perez Nuestra Raices of

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    • Kathy Aprile CALIFON, NJ
      • 4 months ago

      As a retired Bilingual Teacher, who spent time living in Peru, Chile, Argentina and Spain, I too am outraged that this Dominican beauty was mistreated in such a racist manner. Jakiyah should be allowed to rightfully keep the crown she won.

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    • addisu kebrett BAHIRDAR, ETHIOPIA
      • 5 months ago

      happynes feling i don,t no

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      • 7 months ago

      They should be ashamed of themselves for taking her crown away!!!

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