Top Ten Videos to watch

Graduates tossing caps into the air
Freddie Gray Baltimore Protests
Mid section of man in graduation gown holding diploma
Legendary Baseball Player Tony Gwynn's Family Files A Lawsuit Against Big Tobacco
ME.jailhouse#2.0117.CW Montebello City Council has approved use of a private contractor to run the n
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Addresses Police Misconduct At Chicago City Council Meeting
WWII Soldiers Standing In A Flag Draped Sunset - SIlhouette
Students Taking a College Exam
Bill Cosby Preliminary Hearing
Hillary Clinton Campaigns In Louisville, Kentucky
Worried black businesswoman at desk
Tyler Perry And Soledad O'Brien Host Gala Honoring Bishop T.D. Jakes' 35 Years Of Ministry
Teacher with group of preschoolers sitting at table
FBI Officials Discuss Apprehension Of Explosions Suspect After Three-Day Manhunt
NFC Championship - San Francisco 49ers v Atlanta Falcons
Protests Erupt In Chicago After Video Of Police Shooting Of Teen Is Released
Nine Dead After Church Shooting In Charleston
Portrait of senior African woman holding money
President Bush Speals At Federalist Society's Gala
Police Line Tape
Senior Woman's Hands
Police officers running
New Orleans Residents Return to Housing Projects
David Banner
2010 Jazz Interlude Gala
Leave a comment

jakiyah mckoy stripped of little miss Hispanic title
Jakiyah McKoy 
(pictured), a 7-year-old who was crowned Little Miss Hispanic Delaware last month, has been stripped of her title, amid outbursts that she is not Hispanic enough.

SEE ALSO: Marissa Alexander To Get New Trial

According to El Tiempo Hispano:

There was uproar when the winner was announced because, according to the public, she was not the best representative of a Latin beauty.

McKoy’s grandmother was born in the Dominican Republic, which is reportedly where her Latin heritage came from. However, a pageant official said her roots were never proved.

Maria Perez, president of Nuestras Raices Delaware, an organization that sponsors the beauty pageant, told Latino Rebels McKoy’s family was asked to provide documents proving she had Latin ancestry.

She joined the pageant and of course one of the things is you have to be of 25 percent Latino heritage,” Perez said. “Her parents were asked to bring in documentation. Of all of the documentation brought in there was nothing that confirmed Dominican heritage.”

Perez, who is Brooklyn-born, strongly denied allegations the decision was racially motivated, saying that “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.”

That didn’t seem to fly with some Twitter folk who chimed in, though, and an account from Feministing, a feminist blog, says the pageant is biased against Hispanics of African descent:

User CarmenTehNinja also seemed to agree:

So…did anybody hear about the girl who was crowned Little Miss Hispanic Delaware but got her title revoked because she didn’t LOOK latina?

Brooklyn native Daniel Jose Older was so upset by the decision that he started a petition to let McKoy keep her crown. As of this writing, it has almost 900 signatures.

This is so sad RT @graceishuman Little Miss Hispanic Delaware Stripped of Her Crown  || Sad and infuriating.

Bill Smith, who writes about Latin culture on his blog, posted that the officials are narrow-minded in their view of who is Latino[a]:

 It never ceases to amaze me how so many Latinos that I meet in my personal life who are so oblivious to the racial diversity in their own community. I hate to bust some folks bubble, but not all Latinas look like Jennifer Lopez. I’m not Latino, yet I myself have personally met and rubbed elbows [with] Latinos who look like Denzel Washington, Merryl Streep, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Sun-Young-Moon. Where have these folks who criticized the winner been all of their lives assuming you have to be a certain color to be Latino?

Though the title is now “pending” as the committee investigates McKoy’s heritage, Perez noted that she is still the competition’s runner-up.

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

SEE ALSO: The Disease NO ONE Is Safe From

Also On News One: