Many people believe that modeling a life of kindness and compassion is key to lifting humanity out of violence and despair. The approach suits my introverted personality, and it certainly feels safe.
Yet, I often wonder if it’s enough, and whether what’s truly required of me is to speak, write, and act for change. I worry that some will misinterpret my silence as condoning the wrongs visited upon the world. My recluse nature engages in an ongoing battle with what I believe is my responsibility as a human being.
African Me & Satellite TV is a book with a message about injustice, responsibility, and forgiveness. In its pages, Robinson takes the reader on a journey through one woman’s painful acknowledgment of the truth about silence, and the power of her voice that ultimately sets her heart free.
The main protagonist is Suzette, a white woman living in Zimbabwe after the nation underwent violent land reform in the 1990’s. Though a genuinely kind and thoughtful person she is also deeply withdrawn and non-confrontational, silent in the face of prejudiced attitudes and unjust treatment of black Africans by the white minority.
When two fiercely bigoted racists move into the community, few citizens are spared the ensuing verbal and physical violence. Regardless of the consequences, Suzette finds her courage and can no longer hold her tongue.
Through Suzette, Robinson gives the reader a glimpse of the truth about African colonization and the tremendous injustices perpetrated against the African people. Throughout the book, the readers also witnesses the respectful and loving relationships that can flourish when people find the strength to forgive each other the wrongs of the past and acknowledge their shared humanity.
The story unfolds at a quick pace. All of Robinson’s characters are engaging and richly portrayed, particularly Suzette and her vibrant cook, Princess. I recommend African Me & Satellite TV to anyone who enjoys a tale about standing up to injustice in hope of a better future.
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