Assistant Professor of Government Laura Seay, a specialist in African politics, said that exaggerated news coverage of Ebola’s spread “harkens back to a long history of tropes about Africa as this diseased and dirty continent, [that] it’s the ‘heart of darkness’ and who knows what could come out of there.” She added that a worst-case scenario is that this thought process could consciously or subconsciously contribute to discrimination and prejudice against those of African ancestry in the United States as well.