Let Jakiyah Keep Her Crown
  • Petitioning 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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      • 15 days ago

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

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    • George Neally EUGENE, OR
      • 21 days ago

      This seems like an opportunity for the organizers and judges of this pageant to realize they made a mistake, apologize, declare dual winners (Jakiyah and the other winner--who would be just as traumatized if she had to give up her crown), and begin a public process of developing more culturally sensitive and sensible policies for any participation in this pageant (from the beginning). I grew up with two chicana cousins and I know the fear and humiliation they've carried since they were little--as well as the pride, honesty and intelligence their family and community have helped them hold on to.

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    • Emma Davis POMPANO BEACH, FL
      • 24 days ago

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    • Maria Works SOLDOTNA, AK
      • 25 days ago

      Hispanics is, by definition, a group of more than one culture. Quit being purists.

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    • MATHEUS ROCHA SãO GOTARDO, BRAZIL
      • 26 days ago

      You guys should had done that before she was in the contest. When you did let her enter, the ones wrong are the organization team, therefore i think its unaceptable even to have the kind of think that she could not participate, only because she is not from the same race as you declare you are! We are all human beings and thats all that matters!

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