| by Jenny Gathright

Laura Seay, assistant professor of government, was quoted in an NPR story, posted by Philadelphia affiliate WHYY, about the pith helmet that Melania Trump wore on her recent trip to Africa. Seay, who studies African politics, conflict, and development, told NPR “the pith helmet, a thick form of head protection, also came about because of unscientific – and later debunked – theories colonialists had about dangerous radiation in the tropics.” Earlier in the trip, “Seay had started a hashtag—#FLOTUSInAfricaBingo—to note the ways in which she found that Trump was ‘fulfilling a lot of stereotypes’ on her trip,” she told NPR. “The way she’s dressed and the activities she’s undertaken reflect an outdated view of the continent.”


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