Little Miss Hispanic winner loses title in Del.

11:22 PM, Sep 28, 2013   |    comments
Jakiyah McKoy (left), who was stripped of her Little Miss Hispanic Delaware title, stands next to the new title holder, Meriana Ayala. / Courtesy of El Tiempo Hispano
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The winner of the Little Miss Hispanic Delaware contest has been stripped of her crown over concerns that she's not Hispanic.

The News Journal of Wilmington ( says 7-year-old Jakiya McKoy lost the title two weeks ago.

Some critics of the decision say it was made because McKoy is black and not Latina enough.

Pageant organizers require contestants to be at least 25 percent Hispanic.

Maria Perez, president of Nuestras Raices, says the verification the child brought "does not specify she was 25 percent Hispanic or Hispanic at all." She says the decision has nothing to do with skin color.

Daniel Jose Older, who started a petition, says McKoy's grandmother was born in the Dominican Republic and lived illegally in the United States before she died.

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