“The mother said she didn’t want to go through it,” said Perez.
They did however provide proof of guardianship, but was unable to really clear up the question of her grandmother’s heritage because she passed away.
“We can’t have her be the queen if she doesn’t have the proper documentation,” Perez said. “It’s not the first time that we’ve been confronted with the [burden of proof]. It’s happened in the past and they’ve brought in the proof and we were satisfied with it.”
Perez says that McKoy’s family spread rumors that she was dethroned because she was black instead of what she says was simple lack of proof.
With McKoy’s crown taken away, she was moved to runner up; but one resident is continuing the fight for the young girl and has launched a petition.
“This petition is to demand that Jakiyah McKoy keep her rightfully won crown, because her beauty represents us all,” according to the petition, launched by Daniel Jose Older on Change.org.
The petition has gathered over 450 signatures so far. Meanwhile, Perez maintains that McKoy’s race has nothing to do with her crown being stripped away.
“Color has nothing to do with it,” she said. “We’re all Latinos. That’s why we’re so beautiful because we come in all different colors.”