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Melania is Clueless in Kenya

I'm surprised she didn't ask to see Obama's birthplace!


Melania Trump has prompted consternation, some anger and much derision by choosing a pith helmet a symbol of colonial rule across Africa as headwear for a brief safari in Kenya.

On the penultimate day of her tour of the continent her first solo trip overseas the first lady visited an orphanage in Nairobi before heading to a national park near the city.

Dressed in riding pants, boots and a spotless white pith helmet, the former model climbed into an open-air vehicle for the safari, taking photos on her iPhone of zebras, giraffes, impalas, rhinos and hippos.

She also stopped at a site where 105 tons of ivory was burned as part of an effort to discourage the trade.

But it was the headgear that attracted most attention. Pith helmets so-called because they are made of the material sholapith were worn by European explorers and imperial administrators in Africa, parts of Asia and the Middle East in the 19th century before being adopted by military officers, rapidly becoming a symbol of status and oppression.
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