First Lady Melania received criticism for wearing a pith helmet during a trip to Africa, The New York Times reported Friday.
The newspaper described the helmet as "a common symbol of European colonial rule."
“When people think of Africa, they have these standard narratives,” Professor Kim Yi Dionne explained. “Her attire is a signal of her understanding of what Africa is in 2018. It’s tired and it’s old and it’s inaccurate.”
“It’s like showing up to a meeting of African-American cotton farmers in a Confederate uniform,” suggested Matthew Carotenuto, a coordinator of African Studies at St. Lawrence University.
Melania Trump is on a tour of four African nations and is literally wearing a safari suit & pith helmet. https://t.co/kLDobTYYpT— Edward Anderson (@Edward Anderson) 1538749573.0
Melania completes the stereotype trifecta--elephants, orphans and even the pith helmet.....#FLOTUSinAfrica2018… https://t.co/YiV9fJlWa1— Matt Carotenuto (@Matt Carotenuto) 1538744689.0
Melania Wore a Pith Helmet on Her African Adventure, a Very Interesting Choice https://t.co/ZTlBZPx6DC https://t.co/8ll66oywZi— VIPortal INC (@VIPortal INC) 1538767086.0
Our country’s great First Lady, Melania, is doing really well in Africa. The people love her, and she loves them! I… https://t.co/YkcuOHtrDW— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1538660056.0