In September, seven-year-old Jakiyah McKoy was crowned Little Miss Hispanic Delaware but was soon forced to relinquish her title after concerns over her heritage led to an investigation and sparked a backlash.
In response to the uproar over the rescinding of McKoy’s crown, the pageant released a statement claiming McKoy didn’t lose her crown because of her skin color, but because her family could not prove she was Latino. Pageant officials also said that contestants will be required to prove their heritage.
Coincidentally, the new Little Miss Hispanic is blond and fair skin.
But what proof would be needed? Immigration papers? DNA testing? The fact that the McKoys told pageant officials that the little girl’s grandmother was from the Dominican Republic was not enough.
Does one need to speak fluent Spanish as proof of being Latino?